Even garnet throughout. Some mustiness blew off; afterwards, gentle aromas of faded strawberry and herb. Light weight. Light red fruit, a twist of blood orange (as in some red Burgundy), and balsam wood. Gradually fading finish. Prototypical Lopez de Heredia subtlety and class, but this is missing the uncanny fruit that the greatest examples can seduce with even at this stage. A great pleasure but not as life altering as some other vintages (e.g., 1981) have been.
Blåbær, blå plommer, svisker, røyk, våt asfalt, sedertre og lær. Konsentrert, ganske tight frukt og høy friskhet. Pent hint av sødme. Vokser fint utover i smakskurven, med veldig elegant struktur og et godt grep i avslutningen. Litt streng. Flott lengde. Denne har fremdeles mye å gå på. 91p.
Couldn't agree more with ellenkf. What a wine! Intriguing nose of sweet cherry, some white pepper and tanned leather, red berries, some dust, but less than before. Amazingly complex, that mesh of flavors. So clean. Discreet sourness, stand-up acidity, bright, lively fruit. Just fresh and light, yet powerful enough to match flavorful food, like lamb with garlic potato gratin. Love.
One of the great bottles of wine I've ever tasted. 21 years old and vibrant, exciting, youthful still. Cherry juice colored, no sediment to be found. Aromas for days- sweet cherries, leather, some spice, butterscotch? Complexity in flavors mesh with the aromas described above combined with some sour fruit notes and fresh acidity. Time in the glass opened the wine up even more, yet it retained it's verve. Long finish on a soft palate is so interesting, beguiling. Can't say enough about this wine.
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(López de Heredia Rioja Gran Reserva Viña Bosconia) Wax capsule. No sediment of note. Left in the bottle at first, but as it showed slow evolution in the glass I decanted the rest and left it for an hour. Seemingly a pale hue when decanted, but a richer hue in the glass. Certainly a very mature hue though, mahogany with redder tones at its core. The nose is also very evolved, gamey, slightly suggestive of aged, sweetly tanned leather, with great complexity. There are also hints of liquorice and fennel, green olives and peppercorns, and dried plum fruit. A really full and broad texture on the palate maintained right through the middle, with faded tannin and fairly firm acidity, which helps to keep the finish nicely cleansed. Full, rather exciting tingle on the finish, and a really impressive length. Fresh and bright in its composition, with great acidity, lifting and freshening the dried fruit and roasted meat characters. Great substance on he finish. And it is very long too. Delicious.
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