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65% Tempranillo and 35% Granciano and aged in new French oak for 18 months. It is made only in the best year and produced in very small quantities (250 cases). The 2005 Aro , only just bottled, displays a youthful opaque ruby purple color and offers aromas of pure blackberry fruit On the palate it displays rich concentration of pure black fruit flavors, crème de cassis, remarkably soft round tannins, and a firm lasting finish. The wine is both elegant and polished and should drink well for the next 20 years.

Muga 2000 Prado Enea Gran Reserva Rioja ($50) 91 This Tempranillo, Mazuelo and Graciano bottling displays a light garnet color with a complex nose of dried cherry fruit. 7-10 years in the making, it exhibits great depth of flavor and refinement and offers a silky smooth mouth feel. As in other high quality Muga wines, the tannins are also round, soft, and elegant. Lovely Gran Reserva.

H Bodegas Olarra is a commercial winery Group located in Rioja Alta founded in 1973 by Luis Olarra, a Basque businessman. Olarra has an attractive modern ”Y” shaped winery known as the “Cathedral of Rioja” and produces classical Rioja wines of good quality. The Bodegas Olarra Group also produces the wines of Bodegas Ondarre in Rioja Baja.

Bodegas Olarra 2004 Cerro Añon Crianza Rioja ($15) 87 This Crianza displays a medium dark ruby color and a nose of ripe cherry with notes of leather and sweet vanilla. On the palate it reveals a soft and round mouth feel with ripe tannins and a long pleasant finish.

Bodegas Olarra 2002 Añares Reserva Rioja ($--) 87 Pure dark ruby. Clean, fresh pure aromas of dark cherry and cedar. Soft attack of lush, juicy dark cherry fruit, chewy tannins and a tart finish.

Bodegas Ondarre 2001 Mayor de Ondarre Reserva Rioja ($--) 88 Medium ruby garnet. Earthy in style with aromas of leather, meat, and game notes. Mulberry fruit on the palate with a soft attack of sandalwood and cigar box and a dry finish.

Bodegas Olarra 2005 Añares Crianza Rioja ($--) 86 The Añares Crianza has a dark ruby garnet color with aromas of dried cherries, mushroom and earth. It has a soft attack with flavors of cherry and vanilla and a dry tannic finish. Classical Rioja in style.

Bodegas Ondarre 2004 Reserva Rioja ($--) 87 Opaque ruby. Deep, dark cherry with cedar aromas. Soft attack of tasty ripe plum and dark cherry fruit, vanilla notes. Dry mid palate. Rather tart and astringent on the finish.

H Bodegas Ondalán was established in 1976 in Rioja Alavesa by Julio Martinez-Bujanda. The winery produces classical and new wave style Rioja wines. The 100 Abades Graciano is especially noteworthy. Importer: P.R. Grisley Co. Salt Lake Cit , Utah

Bodegas Ondalán 2005 100 Abades Graciano Rioja ($30) 90 The 100 Abades is a 100% Graciano varietal that spends


15 months in new French oak and additional aging time in bottle before release. It is a young wine with a dark ruby color and lovely aromas of red and black fruit and notes of pepper, leather and toasted oak. Soft on the attack, it is medium weight and offers a soft fruity mouth feel with more

pepper and spice notes, leather and smoke round tannins and a firm finish. Well done.



Bodegas Ondalán 2005 Crianza Rioja ($15) 87 This blend of 70% Tempranillo and 30% Graciano exhibits a dark ruby color with bright fresh black cherry and spice aromas. Aged for 14 months in American and French oak, it offers a well-balanced palate of ripe cherry fruit, light toast notes with a hint of cocoa, and a long finish.

Bodegas Ondalán 2002 Reserva Rioja ($22) 88 The dark ruby garnet Reserva displays aromas of leather, smoke and cherry. On the palate, it is medium weight with flavors of dry cherry, spice and toasted oak, followed by soft tannins and a long finish.


H Bodegas Palacio began operations as a family winery under Cosme Palacio in the mid-1890s. and was later sold to private French investors in 1972. Its current owners, Hijos de Antonio Barceló, took over the winery in 1998 and have made major investments in the winery and vineyards. The wines are classical Rioja in style with some modern accents. All the wines are very well made.

Bodegas Palacio 2004 Bodegas Palacio Especial Reserva Rioja ($40) 91 Made only in the best years from old vines Tempranillo, this Reserva displays an opaque ruby purple color with aromas of fresh dark boysenberry fruit with cigar box notes. Dense plums and black cherry are offered on the flavorful palate with nicely integrated oak. Firm, round tannins very present on the finish.

Bodegas Palacio 2004 Cosme Palacio Y Hermanos Reserva Rioja ($35) 88 Opaque ruby with a big smoky oak nose, dark cherry and spice. Elegant, soft, and round attack of dense, fresh dark red fruit. Nicely balanced. Oak well-integrated. Tannins are ripe and assertive.

Bodegas Palacio 2005 Cosme Palacio Tinto Rioja ($15) 87 Deep ruby purple, this Tempranillo offers a fresh, plum fruit nose with smoke and toast aromas. On the palate it shows soft, ripe fruit flavors with good intensity and chewy tannins.

H Bodegas Palacios Remondo is a family winery that has been producing wine in Rioja since the mid-1940s. Alavaro Palacios, son of founde , Antonio Palacios, and best known

for his Ermita and and Bierzo, is also Palacios. The wines

other outstanding wines of Priorat the current winemaker at Bodegas reviewed here are fruit rich, complex


















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