Vina Otano Crianza

"offers up a lovely, classic bouquet of cherries, red plums, a touch of nutmeg, a fine base of soil, Rioja spice tones and just a touch of oak." —
John Gilman, View from the Cellar
Rioja D.O.Ca.
90% Tempranillo 10% Mazuelo
550-600 meters / calcareous clay, limestone and sandy soils
Farming Methods
Sustainable methods
Hand harvested into small boxes
Destemmed grapes were fermented and macerated with skins for 25 days with a twice a day pump-over
Aged for 12 months in a combination of French and American oak barrels
Suggested Retail Price
Wine Name
Vina Otano Crianza 2015
90 (VM) 89+ (VfC)
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90 Vinous Media Vivid ruby. Sexy, oak-spiced cherry and dark berries, plus a hint of smokiness that gains strength as the wine opens up. Smooth, sweet and open-knit, showing good depth to the juicy blackberry and cherry cola flavors. A coconut nuance emerges on the clinging finish, which is given shape by supple, even tannins.
"Rioja Looks Back and Ahead" - February 21, 2019
89+ View from the Cellar The cépages of the 2015 Viña Otano Rioja “Crianza” is the same as last year, ninety percent Tempranillo and ten percent Mazuelo, with the wine raised for one year in a combination of American and French, older casks. The 2015 is a bit more black fruity in profile than the 2014 was on the nose, offering up a superb blend of black cherries, Rioja spices, cigar smoke, an excellent base of salty soil tones, a touch of celery seed and a well done framing of oak. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, focused and shows off excellent mid-palate depth, with moderate, well-integrated tannins, good acids and fine focus and grip on the long, nascently complex and stylish finish. This is much more ready to go out of the blocks than the slightly stern 2014 and is an excellent bottle in the making. 2018-2040.
Issue #75 – May/June 2018
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Vina Otano Crianza 2016
91 EC (WE) 89+ (VfC) 88 (WS)
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91 EC The Wine Enthusiast Nicely presented plum and cherry aromas come with touches of malt, molasses and oak. A fresh and balanced palate is lively and fairly generous, while this tastes of berry, plum, light oak and earth notes. Spice and vanilla flavors carry a steady finish. Editors’ Choice. —M.S.
June 2020 Issue
89+ View from the Cellar The 2016 Rioja “Crianza” from Bodegas Viña Otano is made from fruit sourced in both Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa, with the wine raised in a combination of French and American barrels for twelve months. The wine delivers and excellent bouquet of red and black cherries, Rioja spice tones, salty soil tones, cigar wrapper and a nice touch of toasted coconut in the upper register. On the palate the wine is fullish, complex and velvety on the attack, with a good core, fine focus and grip and a long, moderately tannic finish. I like the raw material here immensely, but the wood sticks out a bit on the backend, adding a touch of rigidity at the present time, which should ameliorate with a bit of bottle age. I do not know how old the oak barrels were that this wine was aged in, but I get the impression that there is some new wood here and it would make sense to me to use those casks again and not add any new oak to subsequent vintages for this bottling, as there is such a lovely texture to the fruit component of this wine that it seems silly to have to wait for the oak tannins to better integrate on the backend to enjoy that characteristic fully. That said, this wine has impressive depth and complexity and with a bit of bottle age, it is going to be lovely and is a very fine value. 2021-2045.
October 2019
88 Wine Spectator This smooth red delivers modest but harmonious flavors of cherry, dried currant, tobacco and spice. Gentle tannins and orange peel acidity keep this focused. Drink now through 2024. 10,000 cases made, 2,500 cases imported. — TM
October 2019
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Vina Otano Crianza 2017
90 (WB) 90 (WRO) 90 (VfC) 90 (VM)
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90 Washington Wine Blog Layers of toasty oak meld with red cherry and cranberry with dusty terroir on the nose. The palate is fresh with terrific weight and acidity that line the core of red fruits, with toasty oak and citrus rind tones. Enjoy this delightful Crianza Rioja over the next five to seven years. Drink 2020-2025.
Dr. Owen J. Bargreen, CS - July 2020
90 Wine Review Online I love the way this wine is styled. Often Rioja Crianza ends up in a kind of vinous “no man’s land,” with too much oak to enjoy in the years immediately following release, but not quite enough guts to outlast the oak or age into something really worth the wait. This is an exemplary case in counterpoint. The fruit is quite ripe for a Rioja, and just a bit low in acidity, though that’s not a shortcoming for a wine made for early drinking. The oak is also unusually reserved for the breed, with none of the “piney,” resinous character that inhibits early enjoyment. The red cherry and berry flavors are very enjoyable, with just enough tannin to give the wine some backbone to stand up to food. Wonderfully easy to enjoy, you could reach for this as a partner for a meal when you might be thinking about New World Pinot Noir (surprising as that may seem), and end up with a much better wine for a comparable sum of money.
Michael Franz - November 3, 2020
90 View from the Cellar The Crianza bottling from Vina Otano is composed from a blend of ninety percent tempranillo and ten percent mazuelo, with the wine aged in a combination of French and American oak for a year prior to bottling. The wine offers up a deep and youthful nose of red and black cherries, cigar smoke, a touch of Rioja spice, incipient nutskin, a lovely base of soil tones and smoky oak. On the palate the wine is bright, full-bodied, focused and has plenty of midpalate depth, with moderate tannins, fine balance and grip and a long, tangy finish. This is still a puppy and deserves some bottle age to fully blossom. It will be a fine bottle when it is ready to drink, but it needs a bit of cellaring. 2025-2055.
John Gilman - Issue #91 / February 2021
90 Vinous Media Deep, brilliant red. Lively, sharply focused red fruit and floral scents are complemented by hints of vanilla and white pepper. Juicy and energetic on the palate, offering fresh red currant, pomegranate and cherry flavors that turn sweeter through the midpalate. Smooth tannins frame a long finish that strongly echoes the red fruit note. Raised in a combination of French and American oak barrels. 2021 – 2026
Josh Raynolds - April 2021
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Vina Otano Crianza 2018
88+ (VfC)
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88+ View from the Cellar The 2018 Rioja “Crianza” from Viña Otano is composed from a blend of ninety percent Tempranillo and ten percent Mazuelo. The wine is aged for one year in cask prior to bottling and is plenty ripe in this vintage, tipping the scales at 14.5 percent octane. It delivers a ripe and youthful nose of black raspberries, cigar wrapper, Rioja spice tones, a bit of meatiness, a good base of soil and cedary oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, ripe and nicely sappy at the core, with good soil signature, moderate tannins and a long, tangy and gently warm finish. This is a good solid example of the 2018 vintage, but the 2017 version is more classical in style, due to the differences in their respective vintages. 2027-2060.
John Gilman – Issue #98 March/April 2022
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