** Note change in bottle shape! This IS the Gran Reserva! **
Awarded a Gold medal and 95 points at the 2021 Decanter World Wine Awards (click link for details).
For other 2021 DWWA winners, click here.
The 2011 vintage was awarded 92 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their November 2021 Spain supplement article Great Rioja vintages you can drink now (see blue link below for the review).
Bodegas Olarra, Cerro Anon Rioja Gran Reserva 2011 - November 2021 Decanter review
The 2011 vintage was awarded 95 points and Gold status at the 2019 IWC (International Wine Challenge) in May 2019.
Bodegas Olarra Cerro Anon Rioja Gran Reserva 2011 - IWC 2019 Decanter review
The 2010 vintage was famously awarded 96 points and Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their March 2019 edition review of 2010 Riojas (see blue link below).
Bodegas Olarra Cerro Anon Rioja Gran Reserva 2010 - March 2019 Decanter review
You can find the whole story of the Cerro Anon Rioja here, including how we see the new 2015 vintage comparing with the 2011 vintage.
That comparison also appears here in our video tasting.
Bodegas Olarra was created in 1973. Situated on the outskirts of the city of Logroño in Rioja Alta, their winery – a Y-shaped building designed to make optimum use of the space for both production and ageing of the wine – is known as “the Cathedral of La Rioja”. From the beginning, the winery has known how to combine the traditional methods of production and ageing with the most advanced modern techniques of viticulture and vinification. A favourable geographic location, gives the vineyards all the ingredients to produce good fruits. Indeed the clay and chalky soil is watered by the rain and the Ebro river. This area also benefits from warm sunshine and the influence of the Mediterranean and Atlantic coasts. In 1978, Bodegas Olarra achieved their first Gold medal for a Cerro Añon wine in the tenth International Wines and Spirits Competition in the UK. Numerous awards followed from then on, proof of the outstanding quality of their wines.
Grapes for the Gran Reserva are drawn solely from Olarra vineyards; these are located primarily in Rioja Alta, but also in Rioja Alavesa to a lesser extent. Vines in these vineyards are all grown in the traditional way. The average age of the vines is over 30 years. Most of the vineyards sit on a clay-rich soil in Rioja Alta and on limestone-clay soils in Rioja Alavesa.
Tempranillo 80%, Mazuelo 10%, Garnacha 5%, Graciano 5%.
Fermentation and maceration lasted for a total of 20 days and were performed in stainless steel vats at a controlled temperature of 28ºC. Later on, the wine was racked into new French (Allier) oak, 225-litre casks/barricas where the malolactic fermentation took place, followed by a stay on the lees for a little over two months, with regular batonnage.
At the beginning of February 2016, the wine was racked into new oak barrels, where it remained for a further six months. After this, the rest of the oak ageing - up to the total 27 months - was conducted in different barrels again: Allier and American (Missouri) oak, all with a medium toast, and with different ages spanning from brand new to 5 years. After fining with egg whites, the wine was bottled and has stored in Olarra's bottle cellar since June 2018, before is started to be released at the end of September 2021.
See also the blue link below for Olarra's own fiche technique/technical sheet.
Bodegas Olarra Cerro Anon Rioja Gran Reserva 2015 - fiche technique
The Gran Reserva 2015 shows a shiny deep garnet colour. On the nose, blackberry and strawberry aromas unfold wrapped up with spice and cedarwood notes. Also, the bouquet starts is already developing ageing aromas of prunes, and shows some smokiness. Elegance is the first term that comes to mind when considering mouthfeel, with a pleasantly long fresh finish.
Or, as DWWA21 expressed it, "Classic vanilla and fruitcake nose, along with some creaminess. Smooth tannins on the velvety palate, plus smooth and round, silky tannins, zippy acidity and really good fruit concentration. A lovely example with very good length. Bravo!"