Rioja Reserva Tempranillo, Bodegas Altanza, La Rioja, Spain 2012
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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.
Made by one of the best producer in Rioja Alta, this smooth but full bodied Tempranillo is bursting with jammy flavours and soft cinnamon spices.