Torre de Ona by La Rioja Alta 'Finca Martelo' Reserva 2014 - 750ml

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94pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The This wine is released as Martelo in Spain but that be renamed as Finca Martelo in the international market. So, I tasted the 2014 again but this time labeled as 2014 Finca Martelo. The wine hasn't changed much since the last time I tasted it; it's aromatic and showy, with elegance and poise, nicely balanced and perfumed with a medium body and very fine tannins, intense flavors and a long finish. It's evolving very slowly, and I wouldn't be surprised if it made old bones. 80,000 bottles produced.

94pts Tim Atkin

The vines in this small two-hectare plot on very poor soils, made as a separate wine for the first time in 2012, are all over 80 years' old. The result is a wine with impressive focus and concentration, dense black fruits, refreshing acidity and the texture to integrate the 100% new French oak. 2022-2032

92pts Wine Spectator

This rich red delivers a mix of ripe fruit and savory flavors, with cherry, roasted plum, tobacco, loamy earth and spicy character. Well-integrated tannins and balsamic acidity provide focus. Generous and harmonious. Drink now through 2028. 

92pts Vinous

Vivid ruby-red. An expressive bouquet evokes red and dark berry preserves, exotic spices and vanilla, and tobacco and potpourri qualities build with air. Supple and seamless on the palate, offering appealingly sweet cherry cola and black raspberry flavors, along with hints of mocha and candied rose. Fine-grained tannin's add subtle grip to a long, lively finish that strongly echoes the floral note. Sourced from a two-hectare plot of vines and raised in new oak barrels, 80% French and 20% American. Drinking window: 2021 - 2029

91pts James Suckling

A soft and fruity wine with chocolate and bright berry character. Fresh and integrated with velvety tannins. Delicious and flavorful at the finish. Drink or hold.

 

Winemaker Notes

It stands out for its ruby-red intensity. Clean and bright, it shows a marked garnet-red rim. The nose reveals very intense red fruit, raspberries, cherries and cranberries, enveloping balsamic and spicy aging notes: vanilla, licorice, dark chocolate and cloves. Outstanding freshness and balance in the mouth, coupling a pleasant acidity with silky, fatty tannins that give it a good structure and a pleasant mouthfeel. Long, well-balanced aftertaste, promising great persistence over time as it ages in the bottle. The structure and elegance of the Martelo 2014 makes it a perfect food companion. Long in the mouth, it is perfect with braised and roasted meats, as well as game and cured sausages.

 

Blend: 95% Tempranillo and 5% Mazuelo.

 


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