Saturday, August 3, 2013

Highly rated Spanish wines....

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Bodegas R. Lopez de Herdia

“I have adored, indeed occasionally worshiped, the wines of Lopez de Heredia for many years, so I am not ashamed to admit that visiting both their vineyard and their winery was a pilgrimage. Founded by Rafael Lopez de Heredia y Landeta in 1877, it has withstood the tide of corporatization and homogeneity, and epitomizes timeless, artisan winemaking in their own individual, almost solipsistic manner. Technology is noticeable by its absence here. For example, to quote her sister Maria-Jose at a tasting that I subsequently attended in London: “Indigenous yeasts have adapted to high temperatures. To control the temperature during fermentation, we open doors and windows” and “malolactic is the invention of modern winemakers.” I had to check whether this was 2012 or 1912.”-  Neal Martin The Wine Advocate

1994 Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Gran Reserva Rioja $88.99
The 1994 Vina Tondonia Reserva has a beautiful bouquet of morello cherry, vervain tea and crushed strawberry that is feminine and alluring. The palate is crisp and poised on the citric entry with racy acidity and sublime delineation. It is underpinned by sappy red currant and raspberry leaf, just a dash of white pepper and dried orange peel. This is utterly delectable. Drink now-2025. 
Rated 96/100 The Wine Advocate

2001 Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Reserva Rioja....$44.99
The 2001 Vina Tondonia Reserva is bridled with a lovely nose of decayed red fruit, fireside hearth, a touch of mulberry and small red cherry. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, crisp red fruits (wild strawberry and cranberry) with a sharp, vibrant, tense, tannic finish that has immense precision. There is a slight saline note lingering in the mouth after the wine has (regretfully) departed. Drink now-2030+ 
Rated 95/100 The Wine Advocate

2005 Lopez de Heredia Vina Cubillo Crianzo Rioja.....$26.99
The 2005 Cubillo Tinto Crianza has a wonderful bouquet with leathery red fruit augmented by subtle hints of undergrowth, tobacco and a touch of spice. The palate is medium-bodied with a bit of piquancy on the entry. The acidity is quite sharp and it is missing a little flesh and weight towards the tensile finish. Drink now-2018. 
Rated 91/100 The Wine Advocate

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