In a nutshell:
Graceful and elegant Rioja Reserva with good depth of flavour.
To earn the name Reserva a Rioja must spend a year in oak barriques followed 2 further years in bottle before release. Ontanon's Reserva, which is made from 95% Tempranillo and a dash of Graciano, spends its time in a mix of French and American oak and makes a very good example of type with the high acidity, colour and tannin of the Graciano giving it the ageing potential it requires. It has rich aromas of sweet spice, dark red fruits, cedar and tobacco which give way to a silky palate with subtle oak and succulent raisin flavours, and it finishes with lovely softly integrated tannins.
When to drink:
Beautifully structured and perfectly mature this is a Reserva at the peak of its form. Great with things like roast lamb, pork, or turkey or creamy rice dishes like risottos.