R. Lopez de Heredia Rioja 2003

R. Lopez de Heredia, Rioja, Crianza, Viña Cubillo 2003 The smell of this wine pulls me in – there’s a complex mix spices, leather, stewed cherries and raisins. In the mouth the acidity that I associate with Rioja is evident, making this wine ready to pair with a New York off the grill – fat hanging on and charred. The tannins are soft and resolved, making a soft bed for the flavors of cherries, both dried and cooked with cinnamon – lovely.

All estate fruit: 65% Tempranillo, 25% Garnacho, 5% Graciano, 5% Mazuelo, estate bottled in Haro in the Rioja Alta, imported to the US by WineWise 12.5% purchased for $27.99 at Traverso’s tondonia.com

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Ray Johnson is the Executive Director of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University. He writes about food and wine, his travels and the business of wine. He makes his home in Sonoma County, California.
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