Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Lopez de Heredia Rioja
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.