Bodegas Ochoa Calendas Tinto, Navarra, Spain 2017

Bodega Ochoa – Bodegas Ochoa is family owned and operated with estate owned vineyards. All of the wines are produced organically; however, the bodega has not obtained organic certification. Javier Ochoa is the wine maker and oversees the entire operation in the vineyards and the bodega. Javier has also served as general manager of EVENA, the local oenological institute, and continues to do a lot of research at EVENA. Javier is slowly turning over the winemaking and other responsibilities to Adriana, his daughter. Adriana has done extensive training in winemaking in Bordeaux and Australia and has been awarded ‘Best Young Female Winemaker in Spain’ by several Spanish and British wine magazines.

History – Bodegas Ochoa was founded in 1370 and was the personal winemaker for the King of Navarra and his royal court for nearly 500 years. The bodega has been exporting their wines only in the last 150 years. The bodega was located within the walled portion of the city of Olite, but its growth in the last century required it to relocate to its present location.

Tasting notes: Dark ruby color. Blackberry aroma. Firm structure. Plum and black fruit flavors. Soft finish with notes of raspberry.

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