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López de Haro Classica Gran Reserva, Rioja 2005

3.428570000 star rating 7 Reviews
From the elegant and highly rated 2005 vintage, this is a refined, savoury and fully mature Rioja. Graceful and fine with exquisite flavours of tobacco and cedarwood, this was praised by Decanter Magazine for ‘displaying all the complexity that you'd expect from a gran reserva at nearly 20 years of age.’ The bodega is located in Sonsierra where the poor but well drained limestone-clay soils at 500-600 metres altitude up in the foothills provide a perfect terroir for old-vine tempranillo, grown on bush vines and hand harvested at low yields.
Price: £36.00 Bottle
Price: £216.00 Case of 6
In Stock
Code: SP19601

Wine characteristics

  • Red Wine
  • Full-bodied
  • Tempranillo
  • 75cl
  • Now to 2028
  • 14% Alcohol
  • bouquet/flavour marked by oak
  • Cork, natural

Bodega Classica

Bodega Classica is an imposing winery atop a hill in the village of Sonsierra in the sub region of Rioja Alta amid the foothills of the Toloña Mountains, a part of the great Sierra de Cantabria range that does so much to protect the Rioja region from the less desirable Atlantic influences from the north.

At this positively shiny modern facility, built in 2006, all the grapes harvested from their surrounding 70 hectares of vineyards are gravity fed into vats and presses without the need to use intrusive pumps. Even the winery’s situation atop a hill is all part of the plan as it allows for air circulation to play a natural role in the temperature control of the complex and the cellars that are built into the hill below, again for the ease of temperature control that this naturally affords. It is attention to detail in such matters that amply illustrates the desire of Bodega Classica to produce high-quality wines.

Ricardo Arambarri manages the estate under the umbrella of a larger group called Vintae, established by his father, Riojan businessman and wine-lover José Miguel Arambarri Terrero, which operates winemaking projects in six other Spanish regions. They chose the area of Sonsierra for this particular project because they believe that the poor but well drained limestone-clay soils at 500-600 metres altitude up in the foothills provide a perfect terroir for old vine tempranillo, grown on bush-vines and hand-harvested at low yields.

The winemaking is in the classic Rioja...
Bodega Classica is an imposing winery atop a hill in the village of Sonsierra in the sub region of Rioja Alta amid the foothills of the Toloña Mountains, a part of the great Sierra de Cantabria range that does so much to protect the Rioja region from the less desirable Atlantic influences from the north.

At this positively shiny modern facility, built in 2006, all the grapes harvested from their surrounding 70 hectares of vineyards are gravity fed into vats and presses without the need to use intrusive pumps. Even the winery’s situation atop a hill is all part of the plan as it allows for air circulation to play a natural role in the temperature control of the complex and the cellars that are built into the hill below, again for the ease of temperature control that this naturally affords. It is attention to detail in such matters that amply illustrates the desire of Bodega Classica to produce high-quality wines.

Ricardo Arambarri manages the estate under the umbrella of a larger group called Vintae, established by his father, Riojan businessman and wine-lover José Miguel Arambarri Terrero, which operates winemaking projects in six other Spanish regions. They chose the area of Sonsierra for this particular project because they believe that the poor but well drained limestone-clay soils at 500-600 metres altitude up in the foothills provide a perfect terroir for old vine tempranillo, grown on bush-vines and hand-harvested at low yields.

The winemaking is in the classic Rioja style culminating in time in French and American oak with the length of its stay dependant on the status of the wine, eg reserva or gran reserva. The reserva, in which the tempranillo is ably supported by graciano, sees 20 months in barrels before a further two in bottle before release. Bodega Classica release their wines under a variety of labels including Lopez de Haro and Dominum.
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JancisRobinson.com

Impressively, subtly shaded deep red. This should be the rioja in any educational tasting! Absolutely classic and engaging, with some sweetness and lots of tobacco leaf from the Tempranillo. No hurry to...
Impressively, subtly shaded deep red. This should be the rioja in any educational tasting! Absolutely classic and engaging, with some sweetness and lots of tobacco leaf from the Tempranillo. No hurry to drink this but it’s gorgeous now.
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Jancis Robinson MW

Decanter

What a treat! A mature Rioja, displaying all the complexity that you'd expect from a gran reserva at nearly 20 years of age: elegant and classic in style, with fresh and chewy dark berry fruit, and...
What a treat! A mature Rioja, displaying all the complexity that you'd expect from a gran reserva at nearly 20 years of age: elegant and classic in style, with fresh and chewy dark berry fruit, and tertiary notes of tobacco and cedar. If only other wine regions followed Rioja's suit and showed the same commitment to releasing wines with this level of bottle age and at this kind of price.
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Amy Wislocki

JancisRobinson.com

Lustrous dark crimson. Complex and utterly echt, with a long life ahead of it. Really serious wine.

Jancis Robinson MW

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