Galilea in the Valle de Ocón, Rioja Baja, was historically very difficult to access to remained relatively isolated from the growing fame and reputation of other areas of the Rioja wine region. It is here that you'll find Nestares Eguizábal, a family-owned winery headed by founder José María Nestares.
The small organic vineyards were planted in 1983 on a plateau between Valle de Ocón and Valle de Jubera at 520-650 metres above sea level, and the winemaking is in the hands of two young oenologists, Alberto Pedrajo and Javier Achutegui. They strive to make distinctive, memorable Rioja wines that reflect their historic provenance and the family's traditions.
José's Rioja Crianza is from a single unirrigated vineyard planted in 1983 at an altitude of 530 metres. The term 'Crianza' in Rioja means the wine has to be aged for a year in barrel and a year in bottle before release.
Naturally fermented in concrete tanks, the wine is then aged in used French oak barrels for a year and bottled without filtration or added sulfites.
This is a very classy, rich, classic Rioja indeed. Intense cherry red colour. Floral, balsamic nose. Dense structure but opens fluidly on to a palate brimming with ripe fruit and spice and those distinctively melting tannins. You'll enjoy every sip of this.