Vina Otano Reserva 2012

Region: Rioja D.O.Ca.

Grapes: 85% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano, 5% Mazuelo
Vintage: 2012
Color: Red

Hand harvested fruit, 30 day maceration/fermentation with twice daily pump-over. Aged for 24 months in American and French oak barrels.


Publication Score Comments
View from the Cellar 87-91 The bouquet is quite marked by its new oak, but shows good depth of fruit underneath in its mélange of red and black cherries, salty Rioja soil tones, clove-like spices, a touch of toasted coconut and plenty of spicy new oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and nicely plush on the attack, with a fine core, lovely focus and grip and just a bit too much new oak tannin perking up the long and nascently complex finish...the wine has serious depth and may be able to absorb its wood tannins with further bottle age, and even though the balance is not ideal today, I could still easily drink this wine, given how beautiful the fruit and soil tones are here under the oak. This is a half-step away from an absolutely stunning wine- all that needs to be improved is better handling of the wood! 2017-2035?
Jan/Feb 2017
Vinous 91 (raised in new and used French and American oak barrels for two years) Ruby-red. Fresh, spice-accented red berries, vanilla and a hint of woodsmoke on the fragrant nose. Smooth and silky in texture, offering energetic raspberry and bitter cherry flavors that slowly spread out and become sweeter as the wine opens up. Finishes long and supple, displaying no obvious tannins and strong, red-fruit-driven persistence.
2018 - 2023
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