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For a hundred and thirty one years, three generations of the López de Heredia family have devoted themselves to producing unique and exceptional wines. The founder, Don Rafael López de Heredia y Landeta, a knowledgeable and enthusiastic student in the art of wine making. He fell in love with the region and especially the area around Haro, the capital of the Rioja Alta region. There he observed a magical combination of soil and climate that would offer the perfect environment for producing wine. Around 1877, he began the design and construction of the complex that is today known as the López de Heredia, the oldest in Haro and one of the first three bodegas in the Rioja region.

Their rosé is aged in oak and is released only when Maria and the other members of the López de Heredia family feel that it is ready to drink. It is made only in better vintages, and it brings with it the ancient marine mineral bed that is the Tondonia vineyard.

The blend is mostly Grenache (60%), and the balance is Tempranillo (30%) and Viura (10%).

Copper with a tawny orange and pink hue. Intriguing aromatics of orange blossom, honey, dried fruit and a hint of wet cement. On the palate, oxidized with distinct sherry characteristics, orange marmalade, tangerine, apricot, dried flowers and toasted almond. Rich and very complex — pronounced mineral notes, good acidity and a pure, clean finish.

12.5% alcohol. 10,000 bottles produced. This is certainly the most complex rosé I have had and also one of the best. All of their wines are virtually essential in exploring Rioja, Spain and wine.In Europe they say that great stories sell wine (rather than points in the United States). This wine tells a great story — it’s complex, interesting, provocative, shows great depth — and will permeate your thoughts long after the bottle is empty.

Their rosé would be a great complement to Middle Eastern, Indian, Thai or any Mediterranean fare. Strongly recommended.

More rosé wines:
Mas des Bressades Rosé
Chateau D’Esclans Whispering Angel Rosé
Prieto Picudo Preto Rosado 2008

Also from Lopez de Heredia:
Lopez de Heredia “Viña Gravonia” Crianza Blanco Rioja 1999

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