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Vintage Assessments Tasting Note Producer R. LOPEZ DE HEREDIA
Assessed from a bottle purchased at the LCBO. Founded in 1877, this family-run bodega is the oldest in Haro and was one of the first three houses in Rioja. It has a cult-like following and produces a consistent style that drives their fans wild. The family strives for the best by using the latest technology but steadfastly refuses to alter their style to try and score higher points from today’s critics who often fawn over highly alcoholic blockbuster reds. It has a deep ruby-red colour with an amber edge. On the nose, the mineral-driven, still-restrained, intense, plum-dried-cherry fruit along with cedary, slightly spicy, chalky notes. Very dry, medium bodied, well structured, rather grippy, maturing, faintly spicy, intense, plum-red-cherry-persimmon flavours with some dusty-mineral notes on the lingering, tangy, rather cedary, high acid, gamey finish. Aged 5 years in American oak (225 litres), this has a hefty 6.5 g/L total acidity and is unfiltered. This new blend of 80% Tempranillo, 15% Mazuelo and 5% Graciano with no Garnacha has 13.5% alcohol and under 2 g/L residual sugar with lot number L-0776 on the back label. The 2007 was released on October 12, 2019 at $48.95. CSPC 529586
Type Red Table Wine
Agent Joh Han
Country Spain
Region Rioja
Rating ***(92 points)
Tangy, Intense, Gamey, Complex
LCBO Text Status Recommended by Vintage Assessments!
TASTING NOTE: Made only in the finest vintages, this old-school Rioja has a minimum ageing of 36 months in oak with a further 3-5 years in bottle before release. The 2008 has not yet been reviewed, but since 1991, robertparker.com hasn't awarded this wine a rating lower than 92 points. Expect this refined addition to a serious meal to suggest spice, herb and tobacco. Price $ 51.95
Bottle Size 750 mL
Tasting Date vintages release - November 28, 2020
Cases bought 180 (12 bottles per case)

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