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Vintage Assessments Tasting Note Producer R. LÓPEZ 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 in Rioja. An acquired taste, it has a cult-like following and produces a consistent style that drives fans wild. This 2010 has a deep intense garnet red colour with a tight amber edge. The nose is very intense and complex with mineral-driven, expansive, dried Damson-plum-cassis-cherry fruit along with lots of cedary notes. Very dry, full bodied, well structured, rather grippy, dense, dried, plum-red-cherry-cassis flavours with some peppery-mineral notes on the lingering, rather cedary, high acid, somewhat gamey, faintly bitter finish. Aged 5 years in American oak (225 litres), this has a hefty 6.5 g/L total acidity and is unfiltered. This 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-0927 on the back label. NEEDS TIME - a decade would help. The recommended 2009 (***/***+) with 94-points was released on November 13, 2021 at $49.95. CSPC 529586
Type Red Table Wine
Agent Joh Han
Country Spain
Region Rioja
Rating ***(94 points)
Very Intense, Dense, Complex, Cedary
LCBO Text Status Recommended by Vintage Assessments!
TASTING NOTE: Dried flowers and dark fruit on the nose with some mahogany and bark. Medium-bodied with fine tannins and lovely polish and length. Compact and long. Tangy, too. Special wine, showing its age and tradition. Decant an hour before serving. Drink or hold. Score - 95 (jamessuckling.com, Oct. 14, 2021) Price $ 49.95
Bottle Size 750 mL
Tasting Date vintages release - June 18, 2022
Cases bought 263 (12 bottles per case)

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