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1996 Ontañón Rioja Reserva

Tempranillo Blend

  • Spain
  • La Rioja
  • Rioja
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Community Tasting Notes 4

  • rsilverst Likes this wine: 91 points

    July 26, 2014 - To start: we don't agree with the other comments that this wine was "nothing but oak"

    The color really shows the age, maroon, with orangey-brown tinges toward edge, somewhat translucent.

    The nose had a combination of dark cooked or preserved fruit, some barnyard, earthy, vaguely spicy, very slightly smoky.

    Low-to-medium tannin, low acid, very smooth and balanced on palate, not dry.

    The flavor similar to the nose.

    Finish, if you can believe it, is still a little tannic, a little bitter.

  • bramwessel wrote:

    May 11, 2014 - There's some of this around in wine shops these days and it's nothing but oak; the fruit is almost completely gone. Tastes like vanilla extract. Not recommended.

  • bramwessel wrote:

    April 26, 2014 - My bottle was enormously oaky. The oak really buried the fruit.

  • mreinitz wrote: 91 points

    June 8, 2013 - We really enjoyed this. Surprisingly lively for a 17-year-old wine. Really delicious red cherry fruit dominated the palate along with pleasant background secondary flavors. The wine was probably oaky in its youth, but the oak had spread out into the wine to become a sort of enjoyable background hum. No brett at all. A pleasure.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1996
  • Type Red
  • Producer Ontañón
  • Varietal Tempranillo Blend
  • Designation Reserva
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country Spain
  • Region La Rioja
  • SubRegion n/a
  • Appellation Rioja

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 13 (35%)
  • Consumed 24 (65%)

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