Bodegas Ostatu, Rioja Crianza
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Bodegas Ostatu, Rioja Crianza - 2020

Item # 45078 750mL

Vino de Samaniego is a village-designated wine from Rioja Alavesa. The Sáenz de Samaniego family has been living and farming here for so long that that they both share the same name. This blend of mostly Tempranillo with Graciano, Mazuelo, and Garnacha sees about one third carbonic maceration, traditional in Rioja Alavesa, and the rest is fermented in stainless steel. These two are blended together and spend one year in French oak. Enjoy this medium-bodied dry red with grilled pork with rosemary and tomato jam.

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Rioja wines don't need to be aged extensively for enjoyment. Of course those older bottles are exquisite if you have the money and the cellar space, but don't forget that there are a host of young wines that are ready for you to open tonight. This crianza is delicious, fruit-driven, and it offers complexity that is also budget friendly. It's moderately full bodied with plush tannins. The palate is full of black fruit contrasted with toasty, charred earth and rock salt. Ostatu is housed in a former inn from the 18th century (the origin of the winery's name comes from hospitality) at the foot of the Sierra de Cantabria mountain range. The family's vineyards are spread across 50 micro plots in several Rioja Alavesa villages. The vines, averaging 50 years in age, are planted at high elevations. This is a Rioja mountain wine at its purest.

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Glossary

Spain

Central to the Spanish winemaking philosophy is the belief that wine should be released only when it is ready to be consumed, and not a moment before. Spanish wine law focuses squarely on this issue: the terms Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva are highly regulated indicators of the amount of time a wine has aged prior to its release. In Rioja, Navarra, and the Ribera del Duero (which have the most stringent requirements) red Crianzas must be aged a minimum of two years; Reservas, at least three...

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Grenache

The Grenache grape (a.k.a. Grenache Noir) produces relatively pale, fruity red wines that often stop just short of sweetness. Grenache is familiar to most wine drinkers as an ingredient in the blends of the Rhône and Languedoc-Roussillon, where it can add charm to varieties that are a little rougher around the edges. The distinguished Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas appellations are both characterized by significant percentages of Grenache, while in Tavel and Lirac the grape is used to make...

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Mazuelo

In Rioja, a synonym for Carignan.

Tempranillo

A.k.a. Cencibel. Just about synonymous with Spanish wine, the red Tempranillo grape has now fully won over the hearts and minds of critics and amateur oenophiles all over the world. The best bottles are powerful and ageworthy, and are beginning to fetch prices you'd never have expected from Spanish wines just a few years ago. Tempranillo is often used in blends with Bordeaux grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, and has lately been grown with considerable success outside of Spain, in...

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