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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