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2017

Viña Herminia

Tempranillo

Rioja, Spain

Alc. 14 %

Retail
$32.99
Club Price
$24.49

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Rioja's Viña Herminia was named after Herminia Casas Madorrán, late wife of founder Joaquin Casas. She was a vocal advocate for the education of women and children in Rioja in the early 1900s, and to pay tribute to her forward-thinking attitude and pioneering strength, Joaquin named his winery in her honour.

Located in the warmer subregion of Rioja Baja, in the southern part of the DO, Viña Herminia's grapes ripen evenly on the higher elevation slopes of Mount Yerga. This combination of hotter weather, high elevation, and ideal exposure allow the production of wines with concentrated fruitiness without losing crucial acidity. Made entirely from estate-grown Tempranillo, this vibrant red was aged for 4 months in barrel, and a further 4 months in bottle before release. Emphasizing a fresher, more fruit-forward take on Rioja, it's elegant and balanced, and a fine tribute to an inspirational woman.

Enjoy over the next 5 years at a cool 16 C.

Smell

Ripe red raspberry and cherry aromas are front and center on this vibrant red, with signature Rioja hints of dusty earth, cedar and vanilla. Complexity develops with air, so don't be afraid to decant this if you're enjoying while it's young: it will reveal more subtle notes of dried cranberry and forest floor.

Taste

Medium-bodied on the palate, with fine, dusty tannins and firm acidity. The flavours are all about that crunchy red fruit, with raspberry, cherry, and pomegranate by the bushel! This is a great example of modern Rioja, with the emphasis on purity of fruit rather than long oak aging. There's a hint of smoke and vanilla on the finish, but the main appeal is all the bright red fruit.

Pairing

A charcuterie board of Spanish cheeses and cured meats would be a natural match, or serve with pan con tomate: grilled bread with tomatoes, garlic, and olive oil.

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