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Lopez de Heredia Vina Cubillo Crianza 2006 375ml
Lopez de Heredia Vina Cubillo Crianza 2006 375ml
Price: $19.99
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Sophisticated yet sensual, this ’06 Cubillo Crianza explodes with succulent red and purple fruit, baking spices, orange zest, game, fresh-cut herbs and balsamic, and it whooshes across the palate with a profusion of fine-grained tannins that balance its succulent fruit. A blend of 65% Tempranillo, 15 % Garnacho, and the remainder Mazuelo and Graciano, this wine ages for three years in 225-liter American oak barrels before being bottled. Enjoyable now and through the medium term.
Bodegas Epifanio Rivera Ribera del Duero Erial 2015 750ml
Bodegas Epifanio Rivera Ribera del Duero Erial 2015 750ml
Price: $24.99

Peppery spices, crushed blue flowers, graphite, vanilla and a kiss of wood frame the succulent berries and juicy cherries in this silky, concentrated ’15 Ribera del Duero Erial. The hot, dry weather of 2015 favored old Tempranillo vines, and this wine shows it in its terrific marriage of vibrant acidity and textural richness. Unfolding with velvety grace, this Ribera studs the cheeks with chewy tannins and builds to a lingering, energetic finish that will have you grabbing the bottle before your glass is empty! Deriving from Tempranillo vines aged between thirty and sixty years grown in the estate’s Pesquera de Duero, grapes ferment in temperature-controlled tanks, and the wine ages in a combination of French and American oak.
Lopez de Heredia Vina Cubillo Crianza 2006 750ml
Lopez de Heredia Vina Cubillo Crianza 2006 750ml
Price: $31.99
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Sophisticated yet sensual, this ’06 Cubillo Crianza explodes with succulent red and purple fruit, baking spices, orange zest, game, fresh-cut herbs and balsamic, and it whooshes across the palate with a profusion of fine-grained tannins that balance its succulent fruit. A blend of 65% Tempranillo, 15 % Garnacho, and the remainder Mazuelo and Graciano, this wine ages for three years in 225-liter American oak barrels before being bottled. Enjoyable now and through the medium term.
Lopez de Heredia Vina Gravonia Crianza 2005 750ml
Lopez de Heredia Vina Gravonia Crianza 2005 750ml
Price: $32.99
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This is the López de Heredia white to drink as you wait for your Tondonia Rioja Gran Reserva Blanco; the estate created this wine as its “young” white, and the ’05 Gravonia Crianza embodies that drive in its approachable yet complex palate. Honeyed tropical and citrus fruit, white wildflowers, balsamic and fresh-cut herbs abound this full-bodied, precise white.  Named to reflect its inspiration, the white wines of Bordeaux’s Graves, this cru mono-varietal old-vine Viura wine ages for four years in barrel and six in bottle, released almost ten years after its vintage year. Approachable now with decanting, this wine offers tremendous near or medium-term drinking.
Lopez de Heredia Vina Bosconia Red Reserva 2004 750ml
Lopez de Heredia Vina Bosconia Red Reserva 2004 750ml
Price: $39.99
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Juicy fruit lays on a brooding foundation of graphite, potpourri, scorched earth, game, and orange zest in this remarkably sophisticated, graceful and nuanced ’04 Bosconia bottling. Grippy tannins and zesty acidity make this wine nimble and vibrant as it builds to a fine crescendo at the finish. In 2004, this wine was a blend of 80% Tempranillo, 15% Garnacho and the remainder split between Mazuelo and Graciano; aged for five years in barrels, Bosconia Reserva is the only wine that López de Heredia bottles in Burgundy bottles. Practicing traditional winemaking at its finest, López de Heredia and its winemaking has changed very little since its 1877 founding; the family adheres to a doctrine blueprinted in the 1880s, still making wine only from their own vineyards, using natural yeasts, long aging in wood, and no filtration at bottling.
Lopez de Heredia Rioja Reserva Vina Tondonia 2005 750ml
Lopez de Heredia Rioja Reserva Vina Tondonia 2005 750ml
Price: $39.99
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2005 is an excellent Rioja vintage, and this affordable, delicious and traditional bottling from López de Heredia punches far above its modest price point; as beautifully as it’ll drink right now, this wine has the stuffing to cellar for another decade. Warm baking spices, tantalizing game, brooding red and blue fruits, and touches of black tea, umami and earth waft from the glass of this seductive, beguiling ’05 Rioja Reserva. A sturdy mineral core powers this wine across the palate, where chewy tannins cling to the cheeks as the wine builds to a powerful, zesty finish--this is a beautifully textured wine that will reward both upon release and over the medium term.  A blend of 75% Tempranillo, 15% Garnacho, and the remainder Graciano and Mazuelo, grapes ferment with only natural yeasts, and the wine ages for six years in barrel and six in bottle before release.
Lopez de Heredia Rioja Reserva Bosconia 2006 750ml
Lopez de Heredia Rioja Reserva Bosconia 2006 750ml
Price: $44.99
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2006 saw a ripe, low-yield vintage in Rioja, but Muga, where this balanced yet lush wine derives, has a slightly cooler microclimate, making for a seductive mix of luscious fruits and fresh acidity. A mélange of red and blue fruits, worn leather, balsamic herbs, spicy tobacco, and touches of game and incense waft from the glass of this seductive wine. Dusty tannins and a sturdy mineral spine provide a lovely framework for the wine’s sweet fruits, and the mineral-strewn, autumnal finish makes this approachable yet age-worthy Bosconia bottling a food-friendly delight. A blend of 80% Tempranillo, 15% Garnacho, and the remainder Graciano and Mazuelo, grapes ferment with only natural yeasts, and the wine ages for five years in American oak barrels and rests for about six in bottle before release.
Lopez de Heredia Rioja Vina Tondonia Red Gran Reserva 2003 750ml
Lopez de Heredia Rioja Vina Tondonia Red Gran Reserva 2003 750ml
Price: $49.99
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2003 was a ripe vintage, and this is a welcoming, genial, open-knit bottle that reflects its vintage. Fruit-forward and sappy, the ’03 Viña Tondonia Gran Reserva is a blend of 70% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacho and the remainder split between Mazuelo and Graciano; full-bodied and visceral, this wine goes for the gusto in its concentration, intensity and jamminess. Practicing traditional winemaking at its finest, López de Heredia and its winemaking has changed very little since its 1877 founding; the family adheres to a doctrine blueprinted in the 1880s, still making wine only from their own vineyards, using natural yeasts, long aging in wood, and no filtration at bottling. This is your Rioja Viña Tondonia Gran Riserva to drink as you wait for your other bottlings to age.
Lopez de Heredia Rioja Reserva Vina Tondonia 2006 750ml
Lopez de Heredia Rioja Reserva Vina Tondonia 2006 750ml
Price: $49.99

Juicy and broad-shouldered, the ’06 Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia retains its elegance in its fine tannins and zesty acidity. Copious brooding blue and crisp red fruits dance with licorice, vanilla, new leather, forest floor and crushed violets in the wine’s spicy, captivating nose. Silky and electric, this wine glides across the palate with a seamless, mesmerizing balance, and while you can enjoy this Rioja Reserva upon release with liberal decanting, it’ll drink beautifully for decades. A blend of 75% Tempranillo, 15% Garnacho, and the remainder Graciano and Mazuelo, grapes ferment with only natural yeasts, and the wine ages for six years in barrel and six in bottle before release.
CVNE Imperial Gran Reserva 2007 750ml
CVNE Imperial Gran Reserva 2007 750ml
Price: $69.99

Lush red and black fruits sit on a bed of exotic warm spices, earth, rain-spattered flowers, tarry earth, tapenade and cigar wrapper in this classic ’07 Rioja Gran Reserva. Powerful yet precise, this wine reveals complex nuances, a vibrant acidic core, and sophisticated, polish tannins as it crosses the palate and builds to a mineral-laden crescendo in its lingering finish. Velvety yet structured, this expressive, supple wine is enjoyable now with some decanting, but it will be even lovelier in a decade--or more. A blend of 85% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo, this ’07 Rioja Gran Reserva comes from the CVNE vineyards in Barrio de la Estación, in Haro, Spain. One of Spain’s oldest, most renowned estates CVNE makes this silky, Burgundian Rioja Gran Reserva only in the best vintages, aging the wine for a minimum of five years before release, including 18 months in oak.