2005 Heras Cordon Reserva Rioja
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.
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)