Montaña

Reserva Rioja – 2017

Region: Spain - La Rioja

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

Leza estate vineyard in DOCa Rioja.

  • Altitude: 1800 feet/540 meters
  • Soil: Clay/limestone
  • Vines Planted: 1965
Harvest Notes
  • Late April frost
  • Lack of rain, and heat in summer created small, concentrated berries
  • Earliest harvest on record for the D.O.
  • Hand harvested
  • Fully destemmed
  • Fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel and concrete tanks
  • Aged 18 months in American and French oak barriques, racked every 6 months
  • Bottle aged 18 months
Winemaker's Notes

Black fruits and roasted coffee aromas fill the nose. The palate is mouth-filling and rich, leading to a long, delicate finish.

Wine Summary

90% Tempranillo, 7% Graciano, 3% Mazuelo; alcohol: 14%; Leza estate vineyard in DOCa Rioja at 1800 feet; clay and limestone soils; vines planted 1965; hand harvested; fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel and concrete tanks; aged 18 months in American and French oak barriques; bottle aged 18 months.

Technical Information
  • 90 % Tempranillo 7 % Graciano 3 % Mazuelo
  • Alcohol: 14%

General Info

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