A lot has changed in the last two decades when we think of Rioja. While Rioja used to be synonymous with great value wine, there have been some that have captured the attention of collectors and connoisseurs as being wines of terroir – focusing on Rioja’s sub-zones. The best producers truly understand how Tempranillo responds to the continental climate and calcareous clay soils in Rioja Alta and Alavesa versus the Mediterranean climate and alluvial and ferrous soils of Rioja Baja. While we are all still learning about the potential of Tempranillo in different terroir, it seems that Bodegas Ontonan has crafted wines that beautifully capture the unique expressions, demonstrating Tempranillo’s versatility and rightful place as Spain’s flagship variety. While finding aged, terroir-focused Tempranillo from the excellent 2005 vintage of Rioja is becoming a more difficult and often expensive enterprise, lucky for you we’ve stumbled upon a limited release of 2005 Latitud 42 Coleccion Especial Gran Reserva from Bodega Ontanon.

Owned by the Perez Cuevas family, with five generations of grape growing experience, Bodega Ontanon began producing its own wine in the early 1980s, recognizing that there was something special and unique about their vineyards in Rioja Baja. Sitting high on the Sierra Yerga Mountains, just south of the River Ebro, fruit from the high-elevation, single-vineyard La Pasada is set aside especially for their Coleccion Especial, and at 95% Tempranillo, further elevates it from the Gran Reserva. This wine captures incredible balance of power, depth, structure, and a sense of place in a way that is rare for this region.

With three years in French and American oak plus three more years of bottle aging, the 2005 has a beautiful elegance and texture, with round, juicy flavors of cherry and plum complemented by tobacco, earth and spice. Racy acidity and fine tannins coupled with a finish that still has plenty of length makes this wine enjoyable now but still so age-worthy. With older, exceptional vintages of Rioja becoming rarer every day, we suggest acting quickly on today’s offer of up to 20% off, as quantity is very limited!

*This offer is made pre-arrival, with wines estimated to be delivered to your preferred store in 8-12 weeks. All sale prices are the lowest available at Total Wine & More. No further discounts or coupons may be applied. Offer not valid in NY, TN and WI. This offer is for ONE WEEK, or until sold out, and will expire on Sunday, February 4, 2018.