2005 Viña Herminia Reserva Rioja

SKU #1085345 93 points Wine Spectator

 Powerful yet racy, this youthful red boasts a beam of black cherry and boysenberry fruit, with plenty of licorice, mineral and toast notes. Fresh, harmonious and graceful, in the modern style. Drink now through 2020.  (2/ 2012)

89 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright ruby-red. Redcurrant and cherry aromas are complemented by dried rose, cedar and cracked pepper. Juicy and focused, with good depth to its red berry and bitter cherry flavors; picks up a smoky quality with air. Shows a touch of vanilla on the finish, which clings with good tenacity.  (9/ 2011)

K&L Notes

85% Tempranillo, 10% Garnacha, 5% Graciano. Bright red cherry and raspberry compote on the nose, hints of spice and wood. On the palate, fresh cherry pie, cassis and spices continue with toasted coconut, a bit of mineral and a hints of leather and smoke. Medium palate weight. Well-balanced acid and fine, easy tannins make this lovely fruit-driven Rioja a wonderful place to begin an exploration of the region, as well as a great everyday drinker. Decant for an hour if you can, as it opens beautifully over time. Enjoy it with pork, lamb, grilled sausages, game, or hard cheeses. (Sarah Covey, K&L Spain Liason)

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By: Jacques Moreira |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/5/2012  | Send Email
Lots of cherry, raisins, tobacco along with smoke and leather. Soft tannis and perhaps a bit fruit forward, but all of that makes it a killer Rioja that only gets better once we realize how much it is.

By: Jeff Garneau |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 4/25/2012  | Send Email
Add Spanish reds to the list of wines you ought to be drinking regularly. Not sure where to start? Try this 2005 Viña Herminia Reserva Rioja. Ripe, sweet red fruits balanced by lively acidity. Intriguing spiciness. Remarkable concentration and length. You don't have to drink Spanish wine solely with Spanish food, of course, but try this with some easy to prepare tapas like red wine-braised chorizo or patatas bravas.

By: Sarah Covey |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 4/23/2012  | Send Email
Interested in making a transition out of your usual California Reds for summertime, but not sure where to start? Try this friendly Rioja! Incredibly well made, and for $19.99, you won't be disappointed. As my notes indicate above: 85% Tempranillo, 10% Garnacha, 5% Graciano. Bright red cherry and raspberry compote on the nose, hints of spice and wood. On the palate, fresh cherry pie, cassis and spices continue with toasted coconut, a bit of mineral and a hints of leather & smoke. Medium palate weight. Well-balanced acid and fine, easy tannins make this lovely fruit-driven rioja a wonderful place to begin an exploration into the region, as well as a great every day drinker. Decant for an hour if you can, as it opens beautifully over time. Enjoy it with pork, lamb, grilled sausages, game, or hard cheeses. (Sarah Covey, K&L Spain Liason)

 By: enotecaMarcella |  Review Date: 7/6/2012 
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Balanced but not too simple either. Great with food. Lots of integrity, body, and fruit. http://enotecamarcella.wordpress.com/

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Varietal:

Tempranillo

- 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.
Country:

Spain

- 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.
Sub-Region:

Rioja

Alcohol Content (%): 13.5