Fits no category. Clairet may be the closest thing. The color is like nothing you’ve seen before - glowing spiced orange or hot cinnamon candies. Maria Lopez de Heredia calls it onion skin. There is, of course, oxidation and it’s so well interwoven that it feels natural, part of the wine's process.
Salted caramel granny smith apple and apricots and sweet peaches and briny sherry vinegar. And unimaginably light on its feet and chatty, just like Maria.
Drink at cellar temp and over a few days. And yes, lives up to the hype. — 19 days ago
Quite nice with Pat’s Filet Mignon steaks ($38) — 2 days ago
So very interesting. The color is like honey, so it almost looks more like rosé. The nose is like a cross between Riesling and sherry. Mouth is creamy, but still with an acidic bite on the end. Dry, but rich. I’ve never had white Rioja, but it obviously shares longevity with its red cousin, because even at 16 years old this wine feels like a baby. — 5 days ago
Intensely honeyed with some in my group noting petrol, extremely interesting and concentrated. Enjoyed with a crystallized cheddar, Spanish goat’s milk cheese, and a couple of others. Highly enjoyable. Might even stand up to some desserts. — 15 days ago
1968 Lopez de Heredia. HB w J&L B and J&J Koz. Wet cork broke apart, so we filtered and decanted. Still had fruit in it, though it was a bit thin in the finish. Went completely flat after abt an hour. — 13 days ago
Pleased to find this in a restaurant in Vail. Therefore, I overpaid but I still feel it was a value. Many flavors and few tannins. Complex yet easy to drink. Looking for this one at home — 22 days ago
Impressive for a Crianza to offer such complexity and elegance. Classic raisinated black and red fruits on the nose with pencil shavings, dried herbs, and mushroom. Subtle tannins, with relaxed mouth feel. — 10 months ago