2005 Viña Herminia Reserva Rioja
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.
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.
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)