Deeply savoury and long-aged Rioja from a singular estate in an elegantly-styled vintage.
López de Heredia is the classic Rioja winery; the family has been making wine in more or less the same way for a century and a half. The grapes - mainly tempranillo, with garnacho (sic), mazuelo, and graciano - come from their best-known vineyard in a bend in the Ebro River. After fermentation in old wooden tanks, the wine was moved into house-made American oak barrels, where it rested for six years in the bodega's damp, mold-covered cellars, before further aging in bottle. With a little air, expect dried sour cherries, incense, leather, and herbs, with stones and bright acidity on the palate. Muy clasico. This'll last for decades more, if you're patient.