2007 Ontañón Rioja Crianza

Tempranillo Blend

  • Spain
  • La Rioja
  • Rioja
Drink between 2012 - 2015 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 23

  • mdvino63 Likes this wine: 90 points

    October 12, 2019 - Yum. Still delicious. My kind of drink anytime kind of red. Seriously great QPR.

  • mdvino63 Likes this wine: 89 points

    January 14, 2019 - This is still drinking beautifully tonight - opened last night, with 1/2 the bottle left on counter with cork put back in. Just a delicious bottle and terrific quality given the price. Fruit is still fresh, oak very subtle at this point, some nice earth and spice. good acidity. mid-weight. great with food. Really enjoying this.

  • johnnyo wrote: 89 points

    December 8, 2017 - Fantastic QPR

  • johnnyo wrote: 89 points

    September 12, 2017 - On the lighter side with nice tart cherry, strawberry and leather notes. Clean finish with good acidity. Amazing QPR!

  • 3marinerfans Likes this wine: 88 points

    July 24, 2015 - Drink now still good, but do not hold on much longer.

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  • By Josh Raynolds
    September/October 2011, IWC Issue #158 (link)

    (Bodegas Ontanon Crianza Rioja) Subscribe to see review text.

  • By Richard Jennings
    5/2/2011 (link) 88 points

    (Ontañón Rioja Crianza) Berry, black fruit nose; rich berry, black fruit palate; medium-plus finish 88+ points (90% Tempranillo, 10% Garnacha; 60/40 American and French oak)


  • By Jon Rimmerman
    4/19/2010 (link)

    (ONTANON Crianza) Ontanon Dear Friends, I've been waiting for a producer like this for a long time, specifically, a Rioja entity that defines a modern sense of the category with traditional means - one that places fruit and terroir over new oak and flash but keeps the fruit intensity dialed up to 11. In my travels and trials, there are producers that defy explanation - their wine just feels right when you taste it and you can't quite figure out why? In the case of Ontanon (woman owned and operated), every wine they produce feels right. All of them, regardless of Reserva or Crianza, tastes like a spirited (I mean energetic not alcoholic) step forward toward merging yesteryear with today. Their entire portfolio tastes like nothing was done to it except a gentle crushing and natural vinification and each wine has a self-assured quality without forcing a thing. They glorify their high-altitude terroir but also nod toward a remarkable sense of modernity in mouthfeel that gives them the edge over 90% of their compatriots in the region. Don't get me wrong, I'm a staunch supporter of the super-traditional in Spain (Tondonia et al) but there is room for a new style that combines the ethos and passion of Tondonia with a certain sense of bravado and here-and-now that I welcome in 2010. Ontanon reaches that goal with aplomb and they are truly one of the more exciting sources from Rioja I've come across in years. From a top vintage that favored their exposition, the 2007 Crianza is 90% Tempranillo and 10% Garnacha (Grenache). The old-vines for this wine are grown at high elevation on the eastern slopes of the mountains in southeastern Rioja and they need every bit of the Spanish summer to ripen fully (the opposite of an area like Toro where there is almost too much sun). This is a unique microclimate with cold nights and torrid days and the purity of the soils are closely represented in the wine itself (more like Priorat than what we may imagine as Rioja). With a complex structure and depth of character uncommon at this price-point, Ontanon Crianza is subtle and elegant but also powerful and dense with a natural fruit and mineral extract that is just not the norm in this region. Think 2005 Chinon meets low-alcohol Priorat and you will be close. Whatever it is, it's good. REALLY good. The best news is that it will not take a fortune to get acquainted with this winery - their 2007 Crianza is an enviable result. To be labeled Crianza, the wine must spend one year in oak but it's the type of oak and the toast levels that give Ontanon the ability to stand out. Yes, they give their Crianza the Rioja mandated time in cooperage but they use neutral toast levels that impart little if any quality to the wine itself. What you have is a powerful but even keeled (12.5-13.0% alcohol) expression of its vintage and mountainside with a precision and balance to the dark fruit and soil tone that appears to have more in common with St. Estephe than the typical round and red fruit/lilting quality of Rioja. Very long on the palate, the natural sense of fruit expression deepens with air and it continues to perform at a high level for 2-3 days in an open bottle. I've been touting quite a few bargain wines lately, but this ranks right up there as one of the finest European price/value stars in grilled NY steak-worthy red wines of the season. If it means anything, I usually spit all the wine I taste but I drank this entire bottle over three nights as I didn't want to part with it. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for overall integrity and showcase of mineral imbued fruit in a modern package that is neither off-putting or obtrusive. ONE SHIPMENT ONLY directly from the winey cellar with perfect provenance VERY HARD TO FIND in the US 2007 Ontanon Rioja "Crianza" Thank you, Jon Rimmerman Garagiste Seattle, WA Spain3467

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2007
  • Type Red
  • Producer Ontañón
  • Varietal Tempranillo Blend
  • Designation Crianza
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country Spain
  • Region La Rioja
  • SubRegion n/a
  • Appellation Rioja

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 3 (1%)
  • In Cellars 88 (35%)
  • Consumed 161 (64%)

Food Pairing

Community Recommendations

cold potatoe salad and roasted corn., Spicey molasses slow roasted ribs

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