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Vintage Assessments Tasting Note Producer R. LOPEZ DE HEREDIA
Assessed from a bottle purchased at the LCBO. Deep intense dark ruby colour with a slightly ambering edge. Intense, complex, mineral-driven, faintly herbal, fairly ripe, plum-red-pepper nose with lots of cedary, sandalwood notes. Very dry, medium to medium-full bodied, quite extracty, fairly dense, minerally, tangy, plum tomato flavours with a lingering, very faintly dusty, firm, still youthful, high acid finish. It is now 9-years-old and there are still lots of youthful tannins present. This blend of 65% Tempranillo, 25% Mazuelo and 10% Garnacha (no Graciano?)that according to the winery spec sheet has only 13% alcohol with a somewhat elevated 6.5 g/L total acidity (lot number L-0778 on the back label). It was aged for 3 years in American oak barrels (225 l) and is unfiltered. I will decant to se if this makes a difference and report back. The 2010 (not presented) was released on August 31, 2019 at $31.95. CSPC 692780
Type Red Table Wine
Agent Joh Han
Country Spain
Region Rioja
Rating ***(92 points)
Dry, Dense, Minerally, Plum Tomato
LCBO Text Status A Vintage Assessments Explorer's Selection!
TASTING NOTE: You can expect the 2011 to reflect this wine's characteristic focused, lively, expressive style. It will offer rich, complex notes of spice, dried fruit, dried herbs and vanilla. This Tempranillo-led blend will continue to evolve for another 5+ years and will be an excellent match for lamb with all the trimmings. Price $ 30.95
Bottle Size 750 mL
Tasting Date vintages release - September 19, 2020
Cases bought 225 (12 bottles per case)

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Score:  - NOT PRESENTED  * Very Basic   *+ OK   ** Good   **/**+ Very Good   **+ Excellent   *** Outstanding   ***+ Superb

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