2005 Heras Cordon Reserva Rioja

SKU #1137719 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A blend of 90% Tempranillo and 10% Graciano, it was aged for 18 months in 80% new French and American oak. A glass-coating opaque purple, it offers up an alluring bouquet of pain grille, scorched earth, leather, espresso, black cherry, and blackberry liqueur. Layered on the palate, it has tons of spicy, savory fruit, excellent balance, enough stuffing to evolve for another 4-6 years, and a lengthy, pure finish. Drink this nicely rendered effort from 2013 to 2025. The winemaker at the showplace Bodegas y Vinedos Heras Cordon is Alejandra Roxane Schmedes from the renowned Remirez de Ganuza. (JM)  (6/2009)

K&L Notes

Produced from a very classic blend of 85% Tempranillo, 10% Mazuelo and 5% Graciano grown in the villages of Laguardia, Lapuebla El Ciego (Rioja Alavesa) and Fuenmayor and Cenicero (Rioja Alta), this tastes like traditional Rioja. No surprises here, given the carefully tended, lower yielding, mature vineyards (24-37 years old), native yeast fermentation, and 18 month elevage in French and American oak barrels. The wine is bottled unfiltered, after a fining with egg whites (more Rioja tradition for you). Aromas of sweet dark cherries combine with mocha and anise--quite layered and lovely aromatics here. These aromas follow through to the elegant palate. There is no mistaking that what is in your glass is a traditional Rioja from a successful vintage. While it's delicious now, I would not hesitate to stash some bottles away to drink over the next 7-8 years. (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish wine buyer)

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By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/9/2013 | Send Email
This is a lovely, softly textured, classic, fruit forward Rioja that is beginning to show a hint of the savor which we love in this region. To benchmark it, we recently had it open alongside another 2005, the traditional stalwart and one of our favorites, La Rioja Alta Viña Arana. I think that this more than held its own, perhaps showing less spicy intrigue and classic American oak flavors, but definitely exhibiting a similar effortless balance and comparable length on the palate. Very good stuff for now or over the next several years.

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- A very important red grape varietal that's native to Northern Spain, grown across the north and central regions of the country. Low in acid and alcohol, with subtle strawberry, leather and tobacco notes, the grape responds well to oak aging and plays particularly well with others. Tempranillo is an important component, when combined with Garnacha, Mazuelo, Viura and Graciano, of Rioja, with the best examples coming for the cooler, higher-elevation regions like Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa. It is also grown in significant quantities in the Ribera del Duero where it is called Tinto Fino and Penèdes where it is called Ull de Llebre o Ojo de Llebre. Tempranillo hasn't gained a particularly strong foothold outside of Spain, achieving some success under the name Tinto Roriz in Portugal. There it is used as a component of Port and in the table wines of the Ribera del Duero and the Dão.


- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.


Alcohol Content (%): 13