Fresh and slight aroma to licorice with consistent texture and persistent aroma.
The taste is smooth, fresh and persistent.
Classified by The Regulating Council as Excellent as well as the previous year. This harvest was not only good in quality but in quantity both in their own vineyards and in the whole D.O. Rioja. Out of the 170 ha. that they own, in 2005 they had 154 in production.
The volume of the harvest in 2005 was slighly smaller than 2004, due to the polinization. The vegetative cycle was perfect with no problems during all year. The harvest started 10 days in advance from a normal year starting on September 24th with the White grapes and on September 27th with the red grapes in Vina Tondonia.
Finished harvesting Vina Cubillo on October 22nd. Suffered a big storm on October the 12th that delayed the finalizing but didn't damage the quality.
The grapes entered the winery with a good concentration of colour, balance of alcohol content and acidity and good colour intensity.
All of this made great wines with high vocation of ageing.
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For one hundred and twenty five years three generations of the Lopez de Heredia family have devoted themselves to producing exceptional wines, masterpieces which need fear no competition from any other wine in the world. They have achieved the aim of the founder, Don Rafael Lopez de Heredia y Landeta, which was to produce the Supreme Rioja. When Don Rafael Lopez de Heredia began to build the winery little did he realise that his master plan would one day be acknowledged as an example to the rest of the industry as the most perfect combination of buildings and vineyards. Like many medieval masterpieces, still incomplete, the buildings stand below and above ground, a veritable Cathedral to Wine.
Today the estate covers 53,000 square meters with 6,906 square meters underground. The cellars are up to 200 meters long, descending to a depth of 15 meters with 15,000 Bordeaux barrels of maturing wines. This is in addition to their huge 125 year old Oak Casks used for fermentation, the red casks each hold 240 hectolitres, whilst the white casks each hold 60 hectolitres.