From Rioja: Ondalan, wisdom and perfection


Today is a special day. I am pleased to introduce you a winery from Rioja Alavesa, located up north of Spain, in the Basque Country. The first thing you should know about them is the high professionalism and the passion they put into their work by elaborating some high quality and five star products.

It is true. There are thousands of wine cellars in Rioja but there must be something about that little space in Alava, close to Rioja, where I have found over the years tremendous wines. Of course, there are big and amazing wines in Rioja. You can be amazed by many wine cellars at any hidden place in this country.

Vineyards from Ondalan in Autumn.
Vineyards from Ondalan in Autumn.

By knowing this winery is like taking a step forward into the traditions of the Basque country, familiar treatment, nice and always ready to introduce you to their wine family. They look for a five-star-product with tradition and the most modern technology creating a wonderful single varietal of Graciano grape. A little treasure we’ve found and I will introduce later.

 

Their elaboration, the most exquisite of the selections

The manufacturing process at Bodegas Ondalán combines tradition and modernity. From the longest tradition producing wine they use the latest technology to offer the best qualities in each of their references.

Each year they choose the barrels among the most prestigious cooperages, they always look for the perfect balance between wine and wood. They choose only the best wood for their wine cellar.

They buy new barrels each year. A hard selection to produce their wines
They buy new barrels each year. A hard selection to produce their wines

From a difficult grape, a perfect wine

Ondalan: “Bodega with working (lan ) seeks or intends to develop the perfect wine ( unda / wave) circular wine , complete, full finished … . a perfect wine “ from their website.

It is significant name. They know what they were doing when they named their wine cellar Ondalan, they know how to take the best of a difficult grape like Graciano (well known in Rioja because it assembles perfectly with other grapes as Rioja and Navarra winemakers do in their long aging wines) and produce a perfect single varietal.

100 Abades. 100% Graciano. D.O.Ca. Rioja. Spain
100 Abades. 100% Graciano. D.O.Ca. Rioja. Spain

100 Abades

D.O. Ca. Rioja

100% Graciano

Aging: 15 months in french and american oak barrel

Proof: 13,5% vol.

Peñin points: 89

Price:24€-25€

Colour: cherry red colour with pink salmon border, transparent and intense colour.

In the nose attacks with raisins, slightly notes of toasted barrel, compote, sweet fruits, tobacco and leather notes. Flowers. Very sweet aromas.

In the palate is smooth, velvety, embracing notes, spicy, very well balanced with a bitter taste very subtle, good acidity. Velvety aftertaste. Light but full bodied. Perfect.

Best pairs with roasted pork, piglet, lamp, cheese, cold cuts

Recommendation: pour the wine before serving to enjoy it completely.

 

They work hard with each of their wines you know we only select the best one. If you have the chance, visit them at their wine cellar to enjoy first hand of their amazing job and friendly treatment.

Wine Cellar Ondalan, Spain.
Wine Cellar Ondalan, Spain.

Another recommendation

 A wine for women. 100% tempranillo. I don’t say that myself, MªLuz from the wine cellar told me the first time we spoke and I couldn’t resist and taste it as well. Here’s the result.

Tempranillo Selection. 100% Tempranillo. . D.O.Ca. Rioja. Spain
Tempranillo Selection. 100% Tempranillo. . D.O.Ca. Rioja. Spain

Ondalan Selección 2011

D.O.Ca. Rioja

100% Tempranillo

Aging: 13 months in frencha and american barrels.

Proof: 14,5%vol.

Peñin Points: 89

Price: 15€-16€

Colour:  red strawberry/cherry with red lollypop hues and pink salmon colour borders. Clean and bright. Elegant in the glass.

In the nose attacks with red fruits, vanilla, almonds, nuts, balsamic notes and a very well integrated wood.

In the palate is smooth, velvety, with a nice acidity, hints of forest with a long and toasted aftertaste. Light with a polished tannin, sweet, fresh, salty, with hues of fruit and wood. Nice to drink. Powerful. Good for sharing and a chat.

Best pairs with roasted pork, piglet, lamp, cheese, cold cuts

Recommendation: pour the wine before serving to enjoy it completely.

 

Ondalan's vine.
Ondalan’s vine.

 

Have you ever tasted these wines? Thank you for leaving your comment and experience.

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