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Lopez de Haro Rioja Reserva by Bodega Classica 2009

Lopez de Haro Rioja Reserva

by Bodega Classica 2009

Producer : Bodega Classica

Region : Rioja (Spain), Spain (Spain)

Bottle Per Case : 12 x 750 ml

Food Pairing : Breads, Cured Meat, Hard Cheese, Red Meat, Roasted Vegetables, Vegetables

Tasting Notes

A selection of old Tempranillo and Graciano vineyards with very low production settled on poor land of Ebro's terraces in the area of San Vicente de la Sonsierra. Aged for 20 months in French and American oak. Medium-high depth wine, ruby red colour with roof tile rim, which denotes its long barrel ageing and its peaceful bottle ageing. Powerful on the nose with primary aromas of ripe fruit accompanied by complex spicy and balsamic notes and a slight touch of vanilla. Balanced on the palate, it is a round and unctuous wine with ripe and sweet tannins, providing the wine with a long aftertaste: and elegant Rioja classic.

Best Value - Natalie MacLean, www.nataliemaclean.com, Aug 2016

Specs

Bottles Per Case 12 Pack
Bottle Size 750 ml
Producer Bodega Classica
Region Rioja (Spain), Spain (Spain)
Alcohol 13.5% alc./vol.
Style Warm and spicy reds
Vintage 2009
Farming Method Sustainable
Grapes Tempranillo
Food Pairing Breads, Cured Meat, Hard Cheese, Red Meat, Roasted Vegetables, Vegetables
Wine Type Red
Price of Case $215.40

The Producer

Bodega Classica

Bodega Classica is an imposing winery atop a hill in the village of Sonsierra in the sub region of Rioja Alta amid the foothills of the Toloña Mountains, a part of the great Sierra de Cantabria range that does so much to protect the Rioja region from the less desirable Atlantic influences from the north.

At this positively shiny modern facility, built in 2006, all the grapes harvested from their surrounding 70 hectares of vineyards are gravity fed into vats and presses without the need to use intrusive pumps. Even the winery’s situation atop a hill is all part of the plan as it allows for air circulation to play a natural role in the temperature control of the complex and the cellars that are built into the hill below, again for the ease of temperature control that this naturally affords. It is attention to detail in such matters that amply illustrates the desire of Bodega Classica to produce high-quality wines.

Ricardo Arambarri manages the estate under the umbrella of a larger group called Vintae, established by his father, Riojan businessman and wine-lover José Miguel Arambarri Terrero, which operates winemaking projects in six other Spanish regions. They chose the area of Sonsierra for this particular project because they believe that the poor but well drained limestone-clay soils at 500-600 metres altitude up in the foothills provide a perfect terroir for old vine tempranillo, grown on bush-vines and hand-harvested at low yields.

The winemaking is in the classic Rioja style culminating in time in French and American oak with the length of its stay dependant on the status of the wine, eg reserva or gran reserva. The reserva, in which the tempranillo is ably supported by graciano, sees 20 months in barrels before a further two in bottle before release. Bodega Classica release their wines under a variety of labels including Lopez de Haro and Dominum.

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