Let’s just say that this is not your average pink blush, this very unique Rosé from the grand master of Rioja, R Lopez de Heredia, is absolutely outstanding. An admirable wine with a meditative aura. Perhaps the best (non-Champagne) Rosé that I’ve encountered.
The 2010 (!) vintage was aged for 4 years in old American oak and 7 years in bottle. Despite its age the fruit profile is shining with a very intense profile of dried strawberries, orange zest, toffee, fennel seeds, before revealing its mature side with an elegant portion of potting soil, tobacco and a slight minty volatile lift.
Extraordinary concentration on the palate, full bodied and well built with a creamy toffee like mid palate. But there is nerve and tension in the center with a slight grip that brings balance and nuance across a complex evolving finish — a month ago
The wines from Maria Lopez de Heredia are Riojan by the instruction manual and are also completely saturated with the soul of a little fire cracker of a woman so lovable I just want to be friends with her. Can we be friends?
My 2006 is a blend of elegantly restrained moderately extracted Tempranillo, Garnacha, and treated oak - flavors and aromas you can start to connect across the LDH portfolio.
Cherries and dried strawberries, a bed of mint and basil. On the palette, a drawback from fruit to high acid mineral salts. Then into darker cherries, prune, rosemary, mint, and saddle leather. Bravo. — 5 months ago
Another classic example of this entry-level wine in the portfolio of Lopez de Heredia, the 2011 Viña Cubillo is a commendable, traditional Rioja - even if it is not quite at the level of the superb 2010 that punched way above its price point.
Featuring an overwhelmingly vanilla-led nose (a little too sweet, perhaps), the palate follows up with the savoury profile so characteristic of the LdH reds, a medley of dried cherry, cranberry, and orange bitters. The tannins are very supple here - barely perceptible - and the acidity is quite low, so this is a wine that drinks very well now and may not develop much further in bottle.
— a month ago
Lopez de Heredia rose lovers alert: a sumptuous, big complex nose of rose hips & sour melon, sherry like: mouth filling palate of dried white peach, white flowers, & cotton wool- but more like oxidized Chenin. Clarete the style, not the varietal here; lovely texture too & a vibrant life saver orange/red. Red & white blend. What a wine. Paired with gazpacho with my wine geek/ professional friends, who were so generous in bringing this to dinner. — a month ago
A un buen vino, le doy buena nota porque me gustó y además no me produjo alergia q me suele pasar con los tintos regulares. — 2 months ago
Light, fruity but with some complexity and depth. Would get again; from Farm & Coast, aka Gary — 3 months ago
Very unique. Like a clunky Lopez blanc — 5 months ago