2006 Cerro Anon ReservaBlend from Spain
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Wine: "Cherry red with ruby highlights. Complex, fine aromas. Round and well balanced on the palate, as a result of its long period in the bottle. As is usual in the Cerro An...
- 92 Neal Martin - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
- 90 Josh Raynolds - Vinous Media
92 Neal Martin - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"The 2006 Cerro Anon Reserva is a blend of 80% Tempranillo, 5% Garnacha and 15% Mazuelo and Mazuelo that is aged for 20 months in American oak. Noticeably deep in color, the nose is very pure with notes of blackberry, violet, leather and a hint of lavender emerging with time. The palate is medium-bodied with a citrus-fresh entry. It is very well-balanced with supple tannins and subtle leather and tobacco notes infusing the dark plum and summer berry fruit. This is a very well-crafted wine that stays true to exactly what Rioja ought to be. Excellent. Drink now-2018."
"My very first visit in Rioja was to Bodegas Olarra, located on the outskirts of Logrono. The estate was established in 1973 and outside the vast Y-shaped winery there are 111 hexagonal “egg box” domes whose function I am still unclear about! This is a large, rather than huge co-operative that oversees a range of worthy Rioja wine that is dependable and thoughtfully made. (See also Bodegas Ondarre that belongs to the same group.) “Cerro Anon” is the more classical side of the Olarra range, according to Javier Martinez de Salinas, a fresh take on Rioja with greater longevity. It generally comes from the older vines from contracted growers from all three sub-regions of Rioja."(08/12)
90 Josh Raynolds - Vinous Media
"80% tempranillo, with garnacha, mazuelo and graciano): Deep ruby. Pungent aromas of cherry-vanilla, mocha and floral oils, with a smoky topnote. Lush and expansive, offering sweet red fruit flavors and a strong jolt of vanilla. Finishes smooth and sweet, with very good energy and juicy persistence." (09/12)
"Cherry red with ruby highlights. Complex, fine aromas. Round and well balanced on the palate, as a result of its long period in the bottle. As is usual in the Cerro Anon Reserva, the components were chosen with classic Rioja wines in mind. Made from Tempranillo 80%, Garnacha 5%, mazuelo and Graciano 15%. The grapes are fermented at a controlled temperature of around 30 degrees C. Medium length maceration time. For aging the wine spends 20 months in the cask, this Reserva wine is now at its peak for tasting, promising an excellent future evolution over the next few years." - Winery
"Bodegas Olarra is located on the outskirts of Logrono, right in the heart of the Denominacion de Origen Calificada Rioja and within the prestigious Rioja Alta sub-district. Since it was founded in 1973, Olarra has been characterised by the beauty and complexity of its facilities, known as the Cathedral of Rioja, with its unique 'Y' shaped ground plan, as well as its 111 hexagonal "egg box" domes."
"This bodega has been able to combine the most modern winemaking techniques with the traditional vinification and ageing processes of Rioja, creating wines which have been conceived according to strict quality standards."
"In Olarra we believe that it is by taking perfect care of the grapes that a fine wine is made, so we supervise every detail to the maximum. In making its wines, Bodegas Olarra only uses those berries which meet a set of strict conditions. Currently, Olarra offers several labels to the market and behind each of these is a wine with its own identity. Its star wines are the red oak-aged wines. All in all, a wide range of wines whose quality has been acknowledged in the world's most important contests." - Winery
This was also scored 89 Points by the Wine Spectator, and 88 Points by Wines & Spirits.
92 - Neal Martin - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
90 - Josh Raynolds - Vinous Media
|Varietal(s)||Tempranillo / Tinto Fino / Tinta Roriz, Mazuelo, Graciano, Grenache / Garnacha|
|Features||Organic and Biodynamic|
|Taste||berry , cherry , plum , earth , leather , herb, cherry, strawberry, raspberry, licorice, anise, black berry, black cherry, tobacco, tar, black currant, blackberry, dust and leather|
|Nose||berry , cherry , plum , earth , leather , herb, violet, rose petal, oak, smoke, mushroom, black berry, black cherry, tobacco, tar, flower, vanilla, toast, dark fruit and red fruit|