Familia Montaña

Gran Reserva Finca el Ciego – 2014

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 El Ciego (“the blind”) estate vineyard in D.O.C. Rioja

  • Altitude: 630 meters
  • Soils: Clay/limestone
  • Vines Planted: 1960
Harvest Notes
  • Hand harvested
  • Destemmed before pressing
  • Fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks
  • Maceration for 25 days with daily pumpovers
  • Aged 30 months in French and American oak barriques, racked every 6 months
  • Aged 24 months in bottle
Winemaker's Notes

Mineral notes complement the well assembled, silky fruit. Structured and elegant tannins lead to a long finish.

Wine Summary

90% Tempranillo, 7% Graciano, 3% Viura; alcohol: 14%; estate vineyard El Ciego (“the blind”) at 630 meters; clay and limestone soils; vines planted 1960; hand harvested; fermented in stainless steel tanks, 25 days maceration with daily pumpovers; aged 30 months in French and American oak barriques; aged 24 months in bottle.

Technical Information
  • 90% Tempranillo, 7% Graciano, 3% Viura (Macabeo)
  • Alcohol: 14%

Reviews

93 Points

From a family of longtime growers in Rioja Alta and Alavesa, Oscar Montaña farms 270 acres of vines, including the Finca El Ciego, the source of this wine. It’s tempranillo (90 percent) with graciano and viura, all grown at an elevation of 2,000 feet, the vines 60 years old. Lush and delicious, with a dark-berry sweetness lasting on rich oak tannins and an herbal cherry highlight, it’s mature and ready to drink; for duck.

Wine and Spirits, December, 2020

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)