The Otoñal Crianza from Grupo Olarra is an interesting wine. It is a crianza which means it should be aged in barrel for a minimum of 1 year, and then another year in bottle before it can be sold. This wine has been aged in barrel for 1 year then another 4 months in bottle. The result is a wine that is quite forward and bold but could age very well in a collector’s cellar before being consumed (at least a year or so).
The Otoñal is potentially quite bold with a nice balance between dryness and sweetness. The tannins can also be spectacular, too. To the eye: a deep ruby red presents itself with slight hints of purple. On the nose: dark and red fruits are present with slight hints of oak, thanks to the barrels used in the ageing process. On the palate: Fresh from the store, the wine has been said to be a little underwhelming. Our recommendation is to let it age a little bit longer before consuming. After doing so, delicious notes of blackberry, plum, and spices, such as cinnamon and tobacco are noticeable.
This wine is a great wine to drink on its own. Due to its lighter nature, it pairs very well with tapas and appetizers.
Store your unopened bottle in a cool, dry, and dark place safe from constant vibration. Keep your bottle horizontal in a wine rack or cellar to retain the moistness of the cork. The ideal temperature for storage is between 7 to 15°C. Once opened, a bottle will be good for 3 to 5 days standing upright in the refrigerator.