2001 Bodega Classica Rioja Hacienda López de Haro Gran Reserva

Tempranillo Blend

  • Spain
  • La Rioja
  • Rioja

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  • Genghis88 Likes this wine: 91 points

    February 27, 2021 - Opened, decanted, and consumed over eight hours (it needed a long decant)

    Inky dark burgundy with a rusty rim. Full bodied
    Iodine, leather, loads of oak at first, which blew off after a few hours.
    Very dry, grippy, tannin is still present. Tates like the nose. Wine is still boastful, youngish and brash but coming into itself nicely. Great bones. I will open my next bottle in 18 months or so. Expecting better things. That being said the wine really exceeded itself when paired with some BBQ baby back ribs.

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  • ProfAvi commented:

    4/17/21, 4:09 AM - I have just bought three bottles of this wine - very reasonably priced too for a 20 year old red!.
    I was interested to read you think it needs 8+ hours decant as I thought that as it's had such a long exposure to air in its production it wouldn't need a decant other than to remove any sediment and I find Rioja is often sediment free.

  • Genghis88 commented:

    4/17/21, 7:21 AM - As a general rule, I decant my wines between 3-8 hours depending upon the wine of course. For this particular bottle, I was specifically told to day-decant by someone who knew the wine. I did have a wee nip on the open, and it was a lot more aggressive than when I finally poured my first glass. There was little to no sediment.

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