Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Lopez de Heredia Rioja

Sometimes the  a wine just makes me smile and the 2005 Vina Cubillo from R. Lopez de Heredia did that.  We opened this wine prior to a recent dinner along with a couple salamis and some cheeses. 

There was an unusual nose to this wine, unusual in that there was a strong hint of anise or licorice resting just under the surface of some very ripe fruit and a good bit of dry earth.  One person was a little put off by it, but I loved it.  Full flavored with dry, sweet fruit and the taste of earth.  Great acid here and just enough tannin to support everything.  Long, dry finish that made me want a bite of meat and another sip of wine.  By the time the wine was gone even the non-licorice loving person had fallen for this wine.  It was that good with food.

The wine is a blend of 65% Tempranillo, 25% Garnacho and the rest Mazuelo and Graciano and spent three years in the barrel before being fined with egg whites and bottled.

2005 R. Lopez de Heredia Vina Cubillo.  13% alcohol and $30. 

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