Familia Montaña

Blanco Crianza Rioja – 2019

Region: Spain - La Rioja

Familia Montaña

The Montaña family traces its heritage to the origins of the modern Rioja wine industry in the late 19th century. Román Montaña consolidated the family business in 1920 as the viticultural component of one of Rioja’s grand old marques, situated in medieval cellars underneath Haro, capital of Rioja Alta. The Montaña family retains portions of these impressive cellars to this day. Román’s grandson Oscar Montaña currently directs a vineyard estate comprising over 270 acres of prime sites in the Rioja Alta and Alavesa districts. The Montaña vineyards boast a high average vine age, many vines dating to the immediate postphylloxera period and including significant acreage of the rare Graciano.

The Wine

Vineyard Profile

Finca Cruz de la Moza (Sotés) vineyard in D.O.C. Rioja.

  • Altitude: 2300 feet / 700 meters
  • Soil: Clayey-calcareous, ferrous, alluvial
  • Vines Planted: 1968
Harvest Notes
  • Hand harvested
  • Destemmed
  • Fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel and concrete tanks
  • Malolactic fermentation in French oak barrels
  • Aging in French oak barrels a minimum of 6 months
Winemaker's Notes

Rich aromas of white fruits compote with a hint of vanilla. A silky and floral palate.

Wine Summary

70% Viura, 30% White Garnacha; alcohol: 14%; Finca de la Moza vineyard in D.O.C. Rioja at 2300 feet; vines planted 1968; clayey-calcareous, ferrous, alluvial soil; hand harvested; destemmed; fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel and concrete tanks; malolactic fermentation in French oak barrels; aged at least 6 months in barrel.

Technical Information
  • 70% Viura, 30% White Garnacha
  • Alcohol: 14%

Reviews

91 Points

BEST BUY

Medium straw to the eye, this wine has aromas of Granny Smith apple, lemon zest and honeysuckle. It has vivid acidity and a light floral note wrapped around passion fruit, Bartlett pear and lemon zest flavors. A touch of salted almond graces the finish.

Wine Enthusiast, April, 2024

General Info

COUNTRY Spain
REGION La Rioja
APPELLATION D.O.C. Rioja
PROPRIETORS Oscar Montaña
FOUNDED Dates back to 1886
WINEMAKER
ANNUAL PRODUCTION
FARMING (SUSTAINABLE, ORGANIC, BIODYNAMIC)