An Odds On Contender For The Top 100 Of 2012
The 2005 Vina Herminia Rioja Reserva with its 93 point score and $24 list price is the highest rated Rioja under $25 that the Wine Spectator has ever rated. We feel it’s is a “sure thing” to be included in the Wine Spectator’s Top 100 of 2012. Here’s our logic. For the past four years their highest rated Rioja under $25 has made the Top 100. In fact, there has been seven Rioja wines under $25 that have made the Top 100 in those four years and none of them scored higher than 91 points! Also, the last Spanish red to have 93 points with a list price of just $24 was ranked # 26 in the top 100 of 2011. The 2005 Vina Herminia Reserva a blend of 85% Tempranillo, 10% Garnacha, and 5% Graciano Which is aged in a mixture of American and French oak barrels for 18 months and then aged another 18 months in the bottle, before release. It’s a deeply colored and modern styled Rioja with plenty of red and black fruits, mocha from the American oak, with a long finish.
Wine Spectator 93 Points
Powerful yet racy, this youthful red boasts a beam of black cherry and boysenberry fruit, with plenty of licorice, mineral and toast notes. Fresh, harmonious and graceful, in the modern style. Drink now through 2020. 5,500 cases made. –TM