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From The Wine Advocate

90 Points
2012 Ostatu Crianza
Luis Gutierrez, The Wine Advocate #218

Opening the classical line in reds, the 2012 Crianza is mostly Tempranillo with 10% made up of Graciano, Mazuelo and Garnacha fermented in stainless steel and with the mandatory 12 months in used oak barrels. It starts with cheesy, reductive notes, no doubt from some lactic aromas which are intermixed with exuberant, ripe fruit, plums and cherries and well-integrated oak; it brought me memories of the carbonic maceration reds from that part of Rioja. The palate reveals a wine that drinks well, with polished, slightly dusty tannins, which could do with a little more freshness. I'm tempted to say that this is the red that feels more true to its roots and category. 71,445 bottles produced.

If I thought the Ostatu portfolio was too wide, this year I tried two new labels. To me the wines are too similar and offered at very similar prices, some of them a little reductive and in some cases with marked animal aromas, mostly in older vintages.

87 Points
2014 Ostatu Blanco
Luis Gutierrez, The Wine Advocate #218

A blend of 85% Viura and 15% Malvasía, the 2014 Blanco fermented in stainless steel where it rested until bottled in January 2015. It is extremely pale, it felt almost transparent when I was pouring it, with perhaps a grey tint to it. The nose is quite balsamic mixing aromas of lanolin and bay leaf, somehow difficult to identify as Rioja. The palate feels very young with a subtle spritz and a bittersweet finish. The wine has close to four grams of residual sugar. 58,200 bottles produced.

If I thought the Ostatu portfolio was too wide, this year I tried two new labels. To me the wines are too similar and offered at very similar prices, some of them a little reductive and in some cases with marked animal aromas, mostly in older vintages.

From Vinous

89 Points
2015 Bodegas Ostatu Rosado
Josh Raynolds, Vinous, Jun 2016

Light bright orange. Lively and precise on the nose, displaying fresh tangerine and strawberry flavors given a spicy edge by a hint of white pepper. Shows good energy and bite on the racy finish, which hangs on with zesty, citrus-fruit-driven persistence.

90 Points
2014 Bodegas Ostatu Blanco
Josh Raynolds, Vinous, Nov 2015

Light, bright straw. High-pitched lemon, orange and quinine scents, with deeper notes of sweet butter and chamomile in the background. Juicy, mineral-driven orchard and citrus fruits show very good focus, with a touch of fennel gaining power with aeration. Finishes with very good clarity, lift and persistence, the citrus fruit and mineral notes echoing.

90 Points
2011 Bodegas Ostatu Rioja Crianza
Josh Raynolds, IWC (Vinous), Sept/Oct 2014

($25) (95% tempranillo, with garnacha, mazuelo and graciano; fermented in stainless steel tanks and aged for a year in French oak): Deep ruby color. Lively red berry, floral and peppery spice aromas show good clarity and pick up a hint of vanilla as the wine expands in the glass. Smooth and refreshingly tangy on the palate, offering bitter cherry and spicecake flavors sweetened by a touch of mocha. Closes with gentle tannins, building sweetness and very good smoky persistence.

89 Points
2013 Bodegas Ostatu Rioja Blanco
Josh Raynolds, IWC (Vinous), Sept/Oct 2014

($17) (90% viura and 10% malvasia): Green-tinged straw. Lively, focused citrus and orchard fruit flavors are complemented by a dusty mineral quality and a hint of succulent herbs. Dry and nervy on the palate, offering bitter pear skin and lemon pith flavors that flesh out with air. Closes clean and tight, with a hint of bitterness and good length.

92 Points
2008 Bodegas Ostatu Rioja Reserva
International Wine Cellar, #170, Sept/Oct 2013 - Josh Raynolds

($35) (all tempranillo, from vines that are around 50 years of age; aged in French oak for 16 months):  Dark purple.  Heady, oak spice- and floral-accented aromas of black and blue fruits, cigar box and cola.  Seductively sweet and expansive, offering powerful blueberry, cassis and vanilla flavors that show liqueur-like intensity and depth.  Seamless in texture, with smooth tannins adding shape to the clinging finish.  This is a huge success for a difficult vintage. 

91 Points
2010 Bodegas Ostatu Rioja Crianza
International Wine Cellar, #170, Sept/Oct 2013 - Josh Raynolds

($23) (95% tempranillo, with garnacha, mazuelo and graciano):  Bright purple.  Vibrant aromas and flavors of black raspberry, spicecake and flowers.  Sweet and seamless on the palate, with a sexy, perfumed quality to its raspberry preserve, cherry-vanilla and floral flavors.  Finishes sappy and long, with fine-grained tannins adding shape and grip.  This suave wine is delicious right now.

90 Points
2012 Bodegas Ostatu Rioja Blanco
International Wine Cellar, #170, Sept/Oct 2013 - Josh Raynolds

($14) (no oak):  Light yellow-gold.  Smoky, expansive pear and melon aromas are complicated by notes of vanilla and buttered toast.  Smells like some oak is in play here, but none was used.  Spicy and broad on the palate, offering juicy orchard fruit flavors and a hint of honeysuckle.  Closes smooth and long, with very good energy and lift.

91 points
2007 Bodegas Ostatu Rioja Reserva
International Wine Cellar, #164, Sept./Oct. 2012 - Josh Raynolds

($33) (100% tempranillo from Rioja Alavesa, raised in French oak for 16 months):  Saturated ruby.  Sexy, oak-spiced aromas of cherry-cola and raspberry with suggestions of licorice and dark chocolate adding depth.  Rich and broad for the vintage, offering sweet dark fruit flavors and a suave touch of candied rose.  Finishes smooth and smoky, with impressive vibrancy and a lingering floral note.

90 points
2009 Bodegas Ostatu Rioja Crianza
International Wine Cellar, #164, Sept./Oct. 2012 - Josh Raynolds

($23) (almost all tempranillo, with bits of garnacha, mazuelo and graciano):  Bright violet color.  Spicy aromas of ripe red berries and cherry, with notes of cola and vanilla adding complexity.  Broad and fleshy but lively, with good lift and cut to its sweet cherry-vanilla and floral pastille flavors.  The spicy quality comes back on the finish, which clings with very good authority.

90 points
2011 Bodegas Ostatu Rioja Rosado
International Wine Cellar, #164, Sept./Oct. 2012 - Josh Raynolds

($16) (made from a blend of tempranillo, garnacha and viura):  Light, bright pink.  A bright, assertive bouquet of blood orange, strawberry, honeysuckle and a spicy topnote.  Juicy and precise, with very good energy and lift to its tangy citrus fruit flavors.  The floral note comes back strong on the long, incisive finish.

89 points
2011 Bodegas Ostatu Rioja Blanco
International Wine Cellar, #164, Sept./Oct. 2012 - Josh Raynolds

($14) (90% viura and 10% malvasia; no oak):  Light gold.  Bright, expressive aromas and flavors of lemon curd, green apple, honeysuckle and mint.  Fresh and intensely flavored, with silky texture and good weight.  Finishes clean, long and tangy with a lingering citrus note.

From The San Francisco Chronicle

A bounty of 2011 rosé: The Chronicle recommends
May 27, 2012

Jon Bonné of the San Francisco Chronicle reviewed over 100 rosés for summer with Ostatu Rosé appearing among the 30 that made the cut. See the full list.