Vina Otano Barrel Fermented 2014

Region: Rioja D.O.Ca.

Grapes: 75% Viura 25% Tempranillo
Vintage: 2014
Color: White

2014 was the first vintage from which the winery produced a barrel fermented white wine. This wine is produced from their oldest vineyards of white grapes and is composed of 75% Viura and 25% Tempranillo Blanco, all from vines over 60 years old. The wine was fermented in wooden barrels, 10 made of new French oak with medium toast and 4 of new acacia wood with light toast. After fermentation, the wine was aged for an additional 4 months in the barrels to increase complexity.


Publication Score Comments
View from the Cellar 89 The 2014 Viña Otano Rioja Blanco “Fermentado en Barrica” is fermented and raised entirely in new casks, with seventy-five percent French wood and twenty-five percent new acacia barrels. The wine only spends four months in cask after fermentation for aging before being racked out of the new wood. The blend on the 2014 is seventy-five percent Viura and twentyfive percent Tempranillo Blanco and the wine offers up a fine nose of pear, white flowers, a touch of almond, salty soil tones and a nice blend of vanillin and butter wood tones. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied, focused and very nicely balanced, with the wood here quite understated (particularly for one hundred percent new) and very well-integrated into the fruit of the wine. The acids are bright, the wine is long and nascently complex and seems to have good potential for medium-term cellaring, though it is very tasty right out of the blocks. Good juice. 2016-2025.
Vinous 91 Light, bright gold. Exotically scented bouquet evokes ripe peach, pear skin, fennel and honey, plus a smoky mineral overtone. Spicy and expansive on the palate, offering intense orchard and pit fruit flavors and a hint of curry powder. Finishes bright, stony and quite long, with repeating spiciness and a touch of toasty lees. Aged in 100% new oak.
Josh Raynolds "The Many Facets of Rioja"
November 2015
Wine Spectator 91 This muscular white shows traditional style, offering flavors of pear, quince, lanolin, tea and blanched almond, with savory elements framing a core of fresh and dried fruit notes. Lively acidity freshens the thick texture and keeps the spicy finish fresh and clean. Drink now through 2024.
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