92pts Wine Enthusiast
Classic Rioja aromas of cured meat, dried cherry, wood spice, tobacco and vanilla play nicely together. The plush palate is plenty full but not heavy, with flavors of plum, berry fruits, vanilla and oak. It's a balanced wine from a stellar vintage, with a powerful finish that indicates it will continue to mature with grace.
91pts Wine Spectator
This red is fresh and lively, with a core of black cherry and plum accented by licorice, tobacco and mineral notes. The tannins are light but firm, the balsamic acidity bright, focusing the polished texture through the smoky finish.
91pts Tim Atkin
Ontañon's Reserva bottling comes from vineyards above the town of Quel, right up to 800 metres, combining Tempranillo with 5% Graciano. Mineral and refreshing, with wellintegrated French and American oak, it's a tangy, polished, modern Rioja Oriental red with fine red berry fruit and some clove spice. 2020-25. Alcohol: 13.5
90pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The sleek and polished 2010 Reserva revealed good ripeness and balance and a nice combination of primary notes with hints from the aging in oak barrels—chocolate, toast and smoke. The palate is medium-bodied with balsamic flavors and polished tannins. Approachable and pleasant.
Subtle dusting of modernity. It has a wonderful sense of terroir that captures an image of deep, mineral-rich, unforced extract – nothing out of place or obtuse in any way. What sets this winery apart is their ability to harness a special piece of land in a medium-weight, regal style that is not afraid to stand up for what it believes in: a new definition of Rioja that finds just as much solace in today as it does in yesterday.