Caught this classic Rioja at its peak, I am sure. Everything was beautifully balanced. The marked acidity of LdH was fully integrated, this wine was ready to be drank. Just such a pure style and entirely indicative of the best large house producer of Rioja. This had finesse, grip, force and elegance; the total rustic package. A complete food wine that utterly complimented the nice dried fig braised chicken with couscous that was served for the occasion.
Upon realizing it was a Lopez de Heredia, and deliberately oxidized, I retasted it. After a while I started to see past the acetaldehyde to get a nice warm earthy fruit quality, with a hint of brett and a savory quality. Seems nice...I'd like to spend more time with this.
Color : Ruby with a hint of rust at the rim Smell: Earth, pipe tobacco, leather, faint cedar, and red fruits Taste: Dried red fruits, chewing tobacco, cedar, minerals, and a faint hint of coffee Overall: Medium body, medium fruit, Med+ acidity. One of the most complex crianzas I've had in my life. I'm highly impressed by the depth and quality of this.
This wine definitely reflects its lineage. It tastes very similar to other LdH wines I have had just with less intensity. When I first tried this it a few years ago it was showing too much oak, but now it is light, delicate and fruity with a touch of earthiness all bundled together with nice acidity.
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