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LA RIOJA ALTA ALAVESA

In 1995, a century after five winemaking families combined to form the winery society of La Rioja Alta S.A., the company expanded into Rioja Alavesa, acquiring the Torre de Oña estate. Under the influence of the technical maestro Julio Sáenz, the understanding of the terroir and improvements in the winemaking process have gone from strength to strength. The winery’s three Tempranillo-dominated bottlings, the intense Torre de Oña Reserva, rare Martelo and the more approachable Finca San Martín Crianza, give a precious insight into Rioja’s remarkably nuanced terroirs. Terroir, serenity, elegance, individuality, timelessness – the keywords of Torre de Oña.

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The blend consists of 95% Tempranillo from 40-year-old vines in Las Cuevas, El Palo and Las Monjas in Rodezno, complemented with 5% Graciano from the Montecillo estate in Fuenmayor. The Graciano gives the wine an aromatic intensity and acidity, to carry the structure and elegance of the Tempranillo. The grapes are vinified separately in four-and-a-half-year-old American oak for three years, and...

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2017 Giusto Di Notri, Tua Rita

Bottle 75cl £52.68

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The still Coteaux Champenois Cumières Rouge is a crunchy, pure, lively non-vintage Pinot Noir that shows immense concentration and balance. Armit Wines

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2013 Camartina, Querciabella

Bottle 75cl £68.68

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A vivid mid-ruby, dried rose petal and balsamic scented reserva, still showing vibrant raspberry fruit and fresh acid. Chocolate-coated cherry character with hints of vanilla, but in a far more restrained way than in classic Rioja wines. Superb structure with ripe, fine-grained tannins and a tar-like grip towards the end of the long finish. Armit Wines 

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2014 Torre de Oña Martelo Reserva

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Bottle 75cl £28.02

Case of 6 £168.12

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A vivid mid-ruby, dried rose petal and balsamic scented reserva, still showing vibrant raspberry fruit and fresh acid. Chocolate-coated cherry character with hints of vanilla, but in a far more restrained way than in classic Rioja wines. Superb structure with ripe, fine-grained tannins and a tar-like grip towards the end of the long finish. Armit Wines 

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2012 Torre de Oña Martelo Reserva

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Bottle 75cl £28.02

Case of 6 £168.12

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An extremely elegant reserva with an enveloping bouquet of crushed red cherries and subtle spices with just a hint of lavender. On the palate, smooth textures and bright red berry fruits are balanced by a refined mineral character which leads to a long and refreshing finish. Beautifully defined and supple, and almost Burgundian in style, this wine will age well...

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2016 Finca San Martin Crianza

La Rioja Alta Alavesa

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Bottle 75cl £14.16

Case of 12 £169.78

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2014 Torre de Oña Reserva

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Bottle 75cl £23.38

Case of 12 £280.54

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