• Bodegas Ontanon Tasting April 22 at 4pm

    I had the pleasure of tasting a collection of Ontanon wines with our Importer, Cole Sisson and Owen our Cavatappi rep on Tuesday morning. Wines were showing amazingly!!! The Rosé and the Vetiver were mind-blowing! The reds...so cool. So I thought...while they are still fresh in my noodle...let's do a tasting!

    2013 Ontanon Vetiver Blanco - Viura is characterized by its vibrant and lively expression of the clay and limestone-rich soil in which it is grown. The ontanon Vetiver is aged for nearly sic months in oak and for an additional six months in bottle prior to release. The wine displays subtle hints of a lifted floral component as well as a voluptuous mouth-feel, reminiscent of tropical fruit, grapefruit, a touch of white pepper and toast. It is well balanced, with a fine line of natural acidity and a round, full bodied profile that pairs perfectly with seafood, fish, cream-based pasta sauces and roast chicken. $12

    2015 Ontanon Clarete Rosado - It's actually pretty light for a rosé. Maybe lighter than the color salmon but holy crap is it good!!! $12

    2014 Ontanon Maceracion Carbonica - The 2014 Ontañon Maceración Carbonica Rioja is different and interesting, and the key is in the name. The winery has taken the carbonic-maceration method used to make Nouveau Beaujolais (with whole grapes fermented in a carbon-dioxide-rich environment) and applied it to tempranillo grapes. The result tastes a bit primal and rife with cherry-berry flavors that jolt the palate because of low tannins. The finish is clean, vibrant and long. It’s best served chilled, and with roasted fowl and/or root veggies. $12

    2012 Ontanon Rioja Crianza - 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. This is a unique microclimate with cold nights and torrid days and the purity of the soils are closely represented in the wine itself. 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. 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. $13

    2005 Ontanon Rioja Reserva - Smokey and sanguine notes frame a core of plum and dried cherry in this savory red, with accents of tobacco, mineral and earth. Maturing gracefully, with well-integrated tannins that give way to the spicy finish. I can't say much about this wine...I mean it's a show-stopper of a Reserva for only $22!
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