Medium burgundy with clear meniscus. Fresh nose of blackberry, ripe plum, old leather, and autumn forest. The palate is beautifully balanced, tart black fruits, soft tannins and acids, and a bare hint of oak. The finish nicely reflects the palate, just fading after about 12 seconds. The texture suggests its Bordeaux viticulture roots, the tempranillo seeming brighter than most merlot blends, softer than CS or CF based wines, terrific with rack of lamb.
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(R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia) Bricked medium red color with 1 millimeter clear meniscus; lovely, mature, cigar box, beef jus nose; tasty, complex, mature, beef jus, tobacco, tart black fruit, subtly smoky palate; long finish 94+ points