Lopez de Haro 2010 Rioja Crianza

January 9, 2015 § Leave a comment

Score: 8.0 – Over Delivers2015/01/img_0669.jpg

Price: $14.99

About the Wine: This wine showcases all the reasons why Rioja has long been compared to Bordeaux as one of the great wine regions. To be honest there are not many Riojas that come into BC that can be retailed under $20, most are in the $30-$50 range and higher. Having said that it better wow me at close to $20 as I am likely only going to be opening this for special company or, when I’m feeling flush, on days with a ‘y’ in them.

The aromas are classic Rioja which means there is dark plum, black currant, violets, savoury spices and dried herbs. Hints of leather and wet earth round out the nose. The palate is equally complex and as the wine washes over it more and more flavours unfold. There is a bit of smokiness that comes through on the mid-palate that is reminiscent of a gentle waft of burning leaves on a crisp fall day. The texture is inviting but also firm like a good handshake. The finish is of medium length and features the fruit and spice found on the nose.

You can probably tell that I love this wine, however as it is priced close to $20 I expect the wow factor and it meets my expectation but doesn’t go beyond, and that is why I scored it as Over Delivers instead of Best Buy.

Value: If I had $20 to spend this would be among my first choices. I was having ham or roasted chicken with rosemary it would likely be my go to over $16-$17 Chianti, Barbera or Bordeaux.

Added Value: Where do I start? This shines and is always a smash hit with the Foodie Crowd, and I have often made it a choice for Date Night or Movie Night if the movie is a drama (Rom-Coms, need a far more whimsical wine).

More To The Story: There are lots of stories in the media and online that speak to the fickleness of wine critics. In studies wines are presented to certified judges in two different flights, however they are given two different prices for each flight, one being more expensive than the other. Almost without fail the judges gave the wine they thought was more expensive higher scores although they were the exact same wine. What if that was done to a whole country?

In the late 1800’s France’s vineyards were decimated by phylloxera (root louse), however the French wine brokers who sold millions of litres of French wine to Britain each year, didn’t stop shipping wine. The bought millions of litres of Rioja wine, bottled it in France and sold it to Britain as French wine. It was only a century later that the rouse was discovered.

Service: Pull the cork and let breathe for a good 25-30 minutes, or run it through your handy-dandy Vinturi and enjoy. This is a great pairing for Manchego Cheese, Lasagne and a big bowl of meaty Bolognese aka. Meat Sauce.

Grapes: Tempranillo, Garnacha

Store Section: Spain

Appellation: Rioja

Available: Metro Liquor Stores, Hillside Liquor Store

Buy Online:  Metro Liquor Stores

Alcohol: 13.5%

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