Rioja Gran Reserva Tempranillo, Bodegas Altanza, La Rioja, Spain 2008
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Forward-thinking – marriage between tradition and modernity
Bodegas Altanza sprung to life in 1998 when a group of like-minded local businessmen decided the Rioja wine market needed a shot in the arm.
The estate has gone from strength to strength, concentrating on a search for the perfect balance between traditional values and modern techniques, a philosophy echoed in the architecture of their winery - a stunning example of contemporary design using local raw materials.
Head winemaker Oscar Martinez Hueda now produces a range of wines that cater for all tastes and budgets. Recently, he has converted to exclusive use of French oak barrels in the ageing process, a move which has most certainly enhanced the quality of his wines.
Having matured for 2 years in French oak, this classic Rioja is mature and displays complex layers of tobacco, toast, olives, and blackberries.