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López de Haro Classica Gran Reserva Rosado, Rioja 2009

Rose Wine from Spain - Rioja
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Awarded a Decanter Gold Medal and Best in Show this year, this is a wonderful Spanish rosado which successfully harks back to the traditional way of making Rioja. This is aged extensively in barrel and bottle, released now with over 12 years age. It is smoky and spicy, dry with a structure that matches food well.
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Code: SP17661

Wine characteristics

  • Rose Wine
  • 2 - Dry
  • Grenache/Garnacha
  • 75cl
  • Now to 2025
  • 13% 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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decanter.com

Best in Show, 97/100. Rose wine has been the greatest category success story of the last decade in the wine world — driven by Provence. Provence, though, no longer has a monopoly on that success: rose...
Best in Show, 97/100. Rose wine has been the greatest category success story of the last decade in the wine world — driven by Provence. Provence, though, no longer has a monopoly on that success: rose drinkers everywhere are beginning to wake up to the fact that this category, too, has its highways and byways, all of which offer distinctive and authentic pleasures. An oak-aged rose from 2009? Why not? In place of fresh creaminess, you’ll find a mellow, forest-like warmth; in place of chiffon fruits, you’ll find concentration and structure, vinosity, secondary fruit resonances and even a faint tannic grip. This is emphatically a rose for food, and if you’re not receptive to the proposition of oaked rose then you’re better off looking elsewhere, but for those whose palates are open to this other world, this is a rewardingly layered, mouthfilling and satisfying aged wine.
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JancisRobinson.com

Deep orangey gold. Smells more like a red wine than a white but as it opens it is very much a mix: orange-skinned plum, creamy oak, spice. A fascinating wine that is structured, intense, very fresh and...
Deep orangey gold. Smells more like a red wine than a white but as it opens it is very much a mix: orange-skinned plum, creamy oak, spice. A fascinating wine that is structured, intense, very fresh and totally gastronomic. I would not recommend drinking this without food, though it would be great with the right canapés. (Experimentation needed.) There's a slight oxidative/dried-grasses character too but it's still vibrant. Chewy, deep, captivating. Great length. Rare and fascinating, a traditional classic. 17.5/20
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Julia Harding MW

Club Oenologique

A blast from the past, apparently harking back to the way Rioja was traditionally made, a rosé like no other, released with more than 12 years of ageing. Brooding and pristine, with smoky bacon,...
A blast from the past, apparently harking back to the way Rioja was traditionally made, a rosé like no other, released with more than 12 years of ageing. Brooding and pristine, with smoky bacon, blackberry and pink peppercorn. A rare treat, with great potential for food pairing and, frankly, for showing off.
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David Kermode

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