Saturday, September 20, 2014

Heras Cordón 2005 Rioja Reserva


Heras Cordón 2005 Rioja Reserva, $19.99-$39.99, 92+ points.
As soon as I began to inspect this Rioja Reserva it was apparent that the wine was unfiltered with a deep almost murky ruby trending brick red with a broad clear rim.
Strawberry, flowers, and bourbon on the nose were pleasant.
Medium-plus body carried good acidity with moderate grainy and persistent tannin.
If I had blind tasted this wine I would have thought (to my embarrassment) that this was a Brunello Montalcino, because of the flavors that mirrored the nose, and mint, savory, white pepper, with a well integrated 13% alcohol, all of which trailed nicely into the long finish.
Varietals were 90% Tempranillo and 5% Graciano 5% Mazuelo.
Just a bit pricy for some, but definitely a Rioja fan's wine, and at the "power-buy" price, not one to miss.


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  1. Price doesn't seem too steep...but it did cause the bottle to fall over :)
    Nice review.

  2. D, I love Rioja. It's a lot like Sangiovese. And I love that it comes in about 18,000 different styles. The one thing that wrinkles me is that prices on these wines seem to be all over the place and bear no relation to each other. Still, Spanish wines are some of the best values out there and have been for some time. As I've said before, if you see wines brought in by Jorge Ordonez, do give them a try. Cheers!

    1. John: I can't agree with you more! Let me know if you ever get a chance to taste this!