2020 Ochoa 'Calendas' Tempranillo, Navarra DO, Spain (750ml)
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Bodegas Ochoa is located in Olite, the medieval capital of Navarra, where the Ochoa family has been making wine since 1845. With the Pyrenees mountains in the north, the Bardenas Reales desert in the south, and the Bay of Biscayne one hour away, the Navarra DO is home to an interesting conﬂuence of 3 climates: Atlantic, Continental and Mediterranean (traveling north to south). Combined with a range of soils, this allows Navarra to produce a variety of styles of wines from many different varietals. Fifth generation proprietor Javier Ochoa has now passed the torch to the sixth generation: his two daughters, Adriana and Beatriz Ochoa. Winemaker Adriana has had extensive training in Bordeaux and Australia, and was awarded ‘Best Young Female Winemaker in Spain’ by several publications. With the previous momentum of their father’s work, Adriana moves Ochoa forward in the vineyard and winery, while her sister Beatriz manages marketing and sales.
Certiﬁed organic since 2018, maintaining the estate’s biodiversity is of the upmost importance to Bodegas Ochoa. Their 145 acres of vineyards and olive orchards are managed using sustainable, organic practices, such as working with green covers and insect houses to promote natural harmony.
100% Tempranillo from 26-year-old vines, Calendas was named after the Roman calendar (which starts when the vine begins to ﬁrst bud, dictating the rest of the year), and is a fresh and fruit-forward young wine. The grapes underwent a short maceration prior to fermentation with autochthon yeast at a low temperature. The wine was viniﬁed and aged in temperature-controlled stainless-steel vats prior to bottling, with absolutely no use of oak.
Bright garnet. Inviting aromas of fresh red fruit. The palate is sappy, fresh and delicious, with bright ﬂavors of red currant, strawberry and raspberry. The tannins are soft and artfully balanced with juicy acidity through the ﬁnish.