2015 Martelo, Reserva, Torre de Oña, Rioja, Spain

2015 Martelo, Reserva, Torre de Oña, Rioja, Spain

Product: 20158035978
2015 Martelo, Reserva, Torre de Oña, Rioja, Spain

Description

Finca Martelo is a single-plot wine from famed producer La Rioja Alta. It’s matured in a mix of French and American oak barrels for 24 months. The wine shows beautifully intense and perfumed aromas of raspberry coulis, soft red plum and cranberry, with subtle notes of violet and vanilla. The palate has a darker, richer character, with juicy black cherry, chocolate and menthol. This is an extremely high-quality Rioja that will cellar for at least another 10 years. Drink now to 2031.

Stuart Fyfe, Assistant Wine Advisor Manager, Berry Bros. & Rudd (June 2021)

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Critics reviews

Wine Advocate94+/100
James Suckling92/100
Tim Atkin MW94/100
Vinous93/100
Wine Advocate94+/100
I found a very complete 2015 Finca Martelo that followed the style and the quality path of the previous vintages. The release of this wine was an important milestone for Torre de Oña, where they look for the typicity of Rioja Alavesa through a blend of old-vine Tempranillo with 6% other varieties (Mazuelo, Garnacha and even white Viura). 2015 was a healthy harvest, and the wine shows a nice combination of power and elegance. It's clean and modern but with a traditional twist, some developed aromas and very fine chalky tannins from the limestone-rich soils. 80,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in January 2019.

Drink 2020 - 2032

Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate (Oct 2020) Read more
James Suckling92/100
A rich, fruity red with lots of ripe fruit that verges on being jammy. A little old-school, but fruity and delicious. Full body. Firm tannins give it form. Drink after 2021.

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (April 2021) Read more
Tim Atkin MW94/100

This is the third vintage of Finca Martelo, made with grapes from the highest part of the farm in Páganos. Marrying Tempranillo with 5% Mazuelo, Garnacha and Viura, all of them picked at the same time, it's a fresh, floral, focused wine from a hot vintage with fine oak, chalky freshness and layered rose petal and red berry flavours.

Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com

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Vinous93/100
Glistening violet. Potent, mineral- and smoke-accented dark berry, cherry cola and floral scents show excellent clarity and spicy lift. Lively and seamless in texture, offering sweet black raspberry, cherry preserve and boysenberry flavors and hints of spicecake and candied rose. Closes on an appealingly sweet note, with sneaky, slow-mounting tannins and strong, smoky persistence.

Drink 2023 - 2032

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About this WINE

Spain

Spain

For so long, Spain was regarded as a source of inexpensive red wine with only Rioja standing above the parapet. Now there is a plethora of interesting wines in many different styles.

Exciting fresh whites, especially from the Albariño in the Rías Baixas and Verdejo in Rueda, – not forgetting Viura in Rioja - have extended the choice. There have also been interesting developments in that most classical of all wine regions, Jerez - the home of sherry - not so much in modernisation of production, but in developing small-scale bottlings of the highest quality Sherry at remarkably affordable prices.

Modern techniques and a new appreciation of what might be possible have encouraged pioneers to produce some startlingly attractive reds. There are now some thoroughly competent wines from La Mancha, and striking bottlings of Monastrell (known elsewhere as Mataró or Mourvèdre) in Jumilla.

Thankfully, the modernisation of the pedestrian has not held back successful traditional styles of wine. Alongside such modernists as Palacios Remondo and Allende in Rioja, long established houses like La Rioja Alta and CVNE continue to make graceful, old-style wines contingent upon several years’ barrel-ageing before further maturation in bottle. These Reserva and Gran Reserva wines have the gentle fragrance of well-seasoned fruit in partnership with a dash of vanilla oak. There are also subtle differences between regions of Rioja and in the precise makeup of the grape mix, with Garnacha and Mazuelo supporting the dominant Tempranillo.

The only challenger to Rioja's claim to red wine supremacy is the Ribera del Duero, where the same red grape, Tempranillo, defines the wines, though known here as Tinto Fino. Most magisterial of all producers is Vega Sicilia whose Unico wines are not released onto the market before a minimum of 10 years - including at least seven years of barrel ageing.

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Tempranillo/Tinto Fino

Tempranillo/Tinto Fino

A high quality red wine grape that is grown all over Spain except in the hot South - it is known as Tinto Fino in Ribera del Duero, Cencibel in La Mancha and Valdepenas and Ull de Llebre in Catalonia. Its spiritual home is in Rioja and Navarra where it constitutes around 70% of most red blends.

Tempranillo-based wines tend to have a spicy, herbal, tobacco-like character accompanied by ripe strawberry and red cherry fruits. It produces fresh, vibrantly fruit driven "jovenes" meant for drinking young. However Tempranillo really comes into its own when oak aged, as with the top Riojas  where its flavours seem to harmonise perfectly with both French and American oak, producing rich, powerful and concentrated wines which can be extraordinarily long-lived.

In Ribera del Duero it generally sees less oak - the exception being Vega Sicilia where it is blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot and then aged for an astonishing 7 years in oak and is unquestionably one of the world`s greatest wines.

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