Torre de Ona by La Rioja Alta Finca San Martin Crianza 2017
Medium-high intense, dark-cherry red with a garnet rim. Very intense nose, with a marked fruity character: cranberries, redcurrants and blackberries envelop balsamic aromas of patisserie, cocoa, freshly-ground coffee, cinnamon and liquorice. Intense and well-balanced in the mouth, with an elegant freshness, balance, fine tannins and a smooth
finish. Fruit-laden aftertaste, with marked notes of red fruit underscored with balsamic notes from barrel aging. Represents all the typicity and uniqueness of Rioja Alavesa.
Pair with sausages, snacks, starters, hefty first courses and meats in general.
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I was quite impressed by the harmony of the 2017 Finca San Martín, which shows remarkable integration of all its components, good ripeness without any excess and integrated oak (it matured in 60% new American and 40% second use French barriques for 16 months with three rackings) with fine tannins and a clean and precise finish. Great quality for the price. Outstanding for the adverse conditions of 2017.
A red with plum and chocolate, as well as cedar and butter. It’s medium-to full-bodied with soft, integrated tannins and a focused, fruity finish. Better in a year or two.
Shimmering ruby. Cherry, black raspberry and floral qualities, along with subtle vanilla and oak spice accents. A fresh, juicy mid weight, showing silky texture to the bitter cherry and dark berry flavors. Well-knit tannin's frame the persistent finish, and touch of coconut adds appealing sweetness. Drinking window: 2021 - 2026
Torre de Ona was forged in 1995, when La Rioja Alta, S.A. led this exciting project with the aim of making an excellent quality wine incorporating all the personality of the best vine plots in the prestigious Rioja Alavesa area. A unique location that they were convinced provided clear potential for making a great modern wine, capable of transmitting – as with the great "chateaux" – the exclusive characteristics of a privileged estate.
Since then, and always focused on the continual improvement in the wine, Torre de Ona has made important changes to the vineyards and winery. But it has been in recent years, more specifically since 2005, that they started to pay very special attention to the different plots that make up the estate, and the separate production and maturing of each sub-plot, evaluating the soil and determining where the best quality grapes grow, only then collecting harvests that meet the quality standards for an important international wine. This is how they made the Torre de Ona, Finca San Martín and Club de Cosecheros (Harvester's Club) wines.
They have taken a big step forward. But they will not rest there. They constantly strive for excellence and are convinced that for the Torre de Ona winery, the best has yet to come.
Hailed as the star red variety in Spain’s most celebrated wine region, Tempranillo from Rioja, or simply labeled, “Rioja,” produces elegant wines with complex notes of red and black fruit, crushed rock, leather, toast and tobacco, whose best examples are fully capable of decades of improvement in the cellar.
Rioja wines are typically a blend of fruit from its three sub-regions: Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa and Rioja Oriental, although specific sub-region (zonas), village (municipios) and vineyard (viñedo singular) wines can now be labeled. Rioja Alta and Alavesa, at the highest elevations, are considered to be the source of the brightest, most elegant fruit, while grapes from the warmer and drier, Rioja Oriental, produce wines with deep color, great body and richness.