Red Wine Martelo Reserva 2016
Reserva red wine from La Rioja. Tempranillo with a droplet of Mazuela, Grenache and Viura aged for 24 months in American and French oak barrels.
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Made by bodega Torre de Oña, a brand of Grupo La Rioja Alta, Martelo Reserva is produced from vines grown in Páganos, near the village of Laguardia, in some of the best terroirs of Rioja Alavesa.
It is worth noting that this Spanish red wine is only produced in the vintages considered outstanding by the company's head winemaker, Julio Sáenz.
Made basically from Tempranillo, the variety is complemented with small amounts of Mazuela, Grenache and Viura, which together make for 5% of the final blend. The grapes come from over 60-year-old vineyards located on mild slopes oriented north-south, a fact which allows for an slow, steady ripening of the fruit.
The grapes were picked by hand and refrigerated on arriving at the cellar. Then they were destemmed, gently crushed and cold-macerated for 7 days to enhance the expression of their aromatic compounds. After completing alcoholic fermentation, this Reserva red wine was transferred into 80% new American oak barrels, and 20% new French oak barrels, where malolactic fermentation was carried out for over 98 days.
Finally, Martelo Reserva 2016 was aged for 24 month in the barrels, with 4 rackings along the process.
Intense and terroir-oriented, this red wine from Rioja Alavesa will pair excellently with hearty dishes.
Clean and bright, the red wine Martelo Reserva is high ruby with a garnet rim.
Deep and complex, this blend of Tempranillo, Mazuela, Grenache and Viura smells of sour cherries, mulberries and blackcurrants, with a nice, original note of rhubarb. There is a subtle background of clove, vanilla, licorice and dark chocolate, and some remembrances of herbs and dry earth.
This wine from bodega Torre de Oña displays a classic elegance, with noblesse, freshness and an excellent definition. Bridled tannins, crisp acidity and long, complex finish, with some spicy and balsamic remembrances.
|Our personal opinion||
We suggest that you combine the red wine Martelo Reserva 2016 with game dishes, casseroles and cold cuts.
Martelo Reserva 2015:
Enterwine 93. Parker 94/94+. Guía Peñín 94. T. Atkin 94. Decanter WWA 2021 - 88 points & Bronze Medal.
Martelo Reserva 2014:
Enterwine 93. Parker 94. Guía Peñín 94. T. Atkin 94.
|Bottle size||75 cl|
|Type of ageing||Months in French and American oak barrels|
|Number of months aged in Barrels||24|
|Other guides||T. Atkin 93. J. Suckling 93.|
|Percentage of variety||Tempranillo 95%, Garnacha, Mazuela y Viura 5%.|
|Pairings||Birds, Civet, Cold meats, Cooked foods, Cow´s cheese, Cured cheeses, Game animals, Poultry, Roasted chicken, Roasted foods, Roasted lamb, Roasted lamb ribs, Roasted pork, Roasted red meats, Roasted turkey, Roasted white meats, Rosted piglet, Sheep´s cheese, Specialty Spanish prosciutto , Stews, Stuffed Chicken|
|Taste||Complex and Elegant, Silky and intense, Tasty with barrel notes, Very intense and inky|
|Occasion||Business dinner, Dinner with friends, Family reunion, Reunion with colleagues|
My rating : 95 points