Heras Cordón Rioja Cosecha 2012 Vendimia Seleccionada

DSCF6305Available from Sheridans Cheesemongers, and 64wine, Glasthule for €22.50.

From a small family estate based in Fuenmayor in Rioja Alta, this is a wonderful Rioja, one of the best I have tasted in some time. Made from 90 Tempranillo, it has an irresistible combination of perfectly ripe dark cherry fruits, good acidity, and very subtle oak. It carries its 14% alcohol effortlessly. There are some tannins on the finish, and I suspect it will improve for another five years or so, but it went perfectly with a roast shoulder of pork for Sunday lunch. Excellent wine worth seeking out.

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