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Vintage Assessments Tasting Note Producer R. LOPEZ DE HEREDIA
Assessed from a bottle purchased at the LCBO. If you love those big California fruit bombs, you should probably stop reading now. This is a one-of-a-kind Rioja with a fairly deep slightly amber-tinged ruby colour with some garnet undertones. Intense, complex, fairly spicy, quite cedary, sandalwood-tinged, ripe, maturing, plum-cherry purée nose with some violets and faintly leafy, autumnal forest floor notes. Dry, medium to medium-full bodied, well structured, slightly spicy, complex and yet refined, Bordeaux-inspired, minerally, fairly intense, rounded, ripe, harmonious, plum-cherry flavours with an attractive, lingering, fairly high-acid, gently cedary, sandalwood-tinged finish. According to the back label, this new blend of 75% Tempranillo, 15% Garnacha and 10% Mazuelo (no Graciano) has 13% alcohol and 2 g/L residual sugar with lot number L0720 which is also on the back label. It was aged for six years in 225 L American barrels which are all made at the winery from imported Appalachian mountain oak and bottled without filtration. This 2008 seems a tad riper with lovely balance and freshness and is more accessible than the recommended best buy 2007 (***/***+) with 95-points that was released on April 18, 2020 at $59.95. CSPC 356337
Type Red Table Wine
Agent Joh Han
Country Spain
Region Rioja
Rating ***/***+(96 points)
Refined, Harmonious, Ripe
LCBO Text Status Recommended by Vintage Assessments!
A Best Buy
TASTING NOTE: Expect a lean, refined wine, with a vibrant acidity and notes of dark cherry, forest floor, mixed spices, leather, cigar box and incense. Pair this with rack of lamb or a top-flight roast beef dinner. Price $ 61.95
Bottle Size 750 mL
Tasting Date vintages release - October 31, 2020
Cases bought 250 (12 bottles per case)

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

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