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Familia Montaña

Familia Montaña Gran Reserva Finca el Ciego 2015

Price: $44.00 (average US retail)
Size: 750ml
Winery: Familia Montaña
Vintage Year: 2015
Country: Spain
Region: La Rioja
Appellation: D.O.C. Rioja


90 percent Tempranillo, 7 percent Graciano and 3 percent Viura. Estate vineyard Finca el Ciego (the blind) is planted in limestone and clay soils at 630 meters. Aged 30 months in French and American oak barriques, then a further 24 months in bottle. Mineral notes complement the well assembled, silky fruit. Structured and elegant tannins lead to a long finish, approachable now but with a very long life ahead.

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Familia Montaña Gran Reserva Finca el Ciego (2014) - "From a family of longtime growers in Rioja Alta and Alavesa, Oscar Montaña farms 270 acres of vines, including the Finca El Ciego, the source of this wine. It is tempranillo (90 percent) with graciano and viura, all grown at an elevation of 2,000 feet, the vines 60 years old. Lush and delicious, with a dark-berry sweetness lasting on rich oak tannins and an herbal cherry highlight, it is mature and ready to drink - for duck."

93 Points
Wine and Spirits, Dec 20, 2020

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Overview: The Montaña family and Classical Wines forged a partnership working in concert in an effort to re-launch a once-successful Rioja brand. It soon became apparent that the relationship merited a name and image that more clearly reflected the legacy and authenticity of product and source. Montaña débuted in September 2015 with 2014 Tinto (100% Tempranillo) and the excellent 2012 Crianza and 2011 Reserva vintages. Familia Montaña will be reserved as a brand for top bottlings from single sites and exceptional vintages. The commercial reintroduction of the Montaña family name represents a new path forward for this historic vineyard estate.

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History: The Montaña family traces its heritage to the origins of the modern Rioja wine industry in the late 19th century. Román Montaña consolidated the family business in 1920 as the viticultural component of one of Rioja’s grand old marques, situated in medieval cellars underneath Haro, capital of Rioja Alta. The Montaña family retains portions of these impressive cellars to this day. Román’s grandson Oscar Montaña currently directs a vineyard estate comprising over 270 acres of prime sites in the Rioja Alta and Alavesa districts. The Montaña vineyards boast a high average vine age, many vines dating to the immediate post-phylloxera period and including significant acreage of the rare Graciano.

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