Bodegas Lopez de Heredia: historical Rioja
A very interesting tasting where we put four extremely traditional Rioja's from Lopez de Heredia next to a series of more modern ones. Heavily oaked whites and pinks, more than ten years old, and still great ? Yes Sir !! We have rarely been more surprised in a tasting.
Originallly made when the French vineyards were eradicated by phylloxera to fill in the need for Bordeaux-style wines and smart businessmen turned to Rioja. And yes Viña Gravonia refers indeed to Graves, and it was uncanny how it started to smell and taste like a Pessac after a day or two. Whenever you meet one of these bottles (production is big but remains for 90% in Spain), you sould taste them. Somehow they seem voices from the past, but how deliciously they whisper...