Intensely complex and aromas of blueberry, sweet raspberry, dark cherry, blackberry, lavender soap, lavender wood and five spice. Boom! So much energy and muscle, super tight, tense and coiled. Even the tannins are complex, sleek, firm and finally, powdery. Deep core and not the concentration of sweet fruit, but a deep core of savoury, spicy, earthy and tangy fruit that needs years to unwind. A first taste for me, but I feel this needs at least another 5 years before approaching again. Absolutely magnificent. A triumph. Waters Wine Co
I found a very complete 2015 Finca Martelo that followed the style and the quality path of the previous vintages. The release of this wine was an important milestone for Torre de Oña, where they look for the typicity of Rioja Alavesa through a blend of old-vine Tempranillo with 6% other varieties (Mazuelo, Garnacha and even white Viura). 2015 was a healthy harvest, and the wine shows a nice combination of power and elegance. It’s clean and modern but with a traditional twist, some developed aromas and very fine chalky tannins from the limestone-rich soils. 80,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in January 2019. 94+ Points – Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate
Few would dispute that La Rioja Alta is the leading quality-focused producer in Spain’s most famous wine region. Since the coming together of five growers to form the estate 130 years ago, they have produced some of the most highly regarded and longest-lived examples of Rioja. These superb wines are ready for consumption on release, but will keep many more years in bottle – decades in some cases.