2013 Viña Herminia Crianza Rioja

SKU #1304722 95 points Decanter

 85% Tempranillo, 15% Garnacha. Tasting notes: An elegant and intense nose comprising black fruit, blackberry and herbs, with a real medicinal edge is followed deliciously by a well-structured palate of licorice, plums, tobacco and black fruit notes, which also has round meaty tannins, a lovely texture and a beautiful long finish.  (2/2017)

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Staff Image By: Jordan Stone | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/27/2017 | Send Email
What a great versatile wine. The nose has red cherries and leather. On the palate you get plush red cherries, light graphite and a wisp of smoke on the finish. Round but not heavy. Buy a case for your next party. Just $12.99 a bottle.
Drink from 2017 to 2022

Staff Image By: Muriel Sarik | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/26/2017 | Send Email
What a treat at $12.99. Pleasant, smooth, nice fruit and soft finish all one would want in a good summer red. This has enough body without the weight!

Staff Image By: Sal Rodriguez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/26/2017 | Send Email
Elegant nose of dusty cherry fruit, cranberry, and flowers, lead into a savory, mineral driven Rioja. I always enjoy the way a good Spanish Tempranillo comes off as refined and traditional, yet somehow still quite modern. This hits all of the wine buttons for me, with it's tart fruit and elegant finish - and is offered at a great price. Can't wait to take this home and let it sing some more!

Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/26/2017 | Send Email
You can always count on Rioja to give you the most bang for your buck in the sub-$15 category, and this 2013 Vina Herminia is further proof. Juicy, lip-smacking fruit balanced by savory notes of dried herbs and earth make this bottle not only a delicious option for your Wednesday night meatloaf leftovers, but also a serious cellar addition for the back of your closet. You don't have to spend lots of money with Spanish Rioja to drink well. I think that's ultimately a big part of why we love Spanish wine so much here at K&L.

Staff Image By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/11/2017 | Send Email
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The 2013 Vina Herminia Crianza Rioja immediately transports me back to Barcelona, where my wife and I spent one glorious week eating and drinking to our heart’s content. Barcelona is one of the top culinary destinations in Europe and the 2013 Vina Herminia Crianza Rioja is the type of wine you order by the glass for a few euros in a restaurant and then marvel at the quality of the wine for the price. A dry red wine with subtle spice notes as well as dried herb and red fruit notes this old-world wine has a pretty palate of red cherry, marzipan, crushed stone and a touch of oak. On the finish there is a savory note as well as bright acidity which make it the perfect foil for most protein dishes. A delicious wine that can easily become your go-to house red.
Top Value! Drink from 2017 to 2022

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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.