93 Insider Points
93 Points & 'Top 100 of 2013" - Wine Spectator
We’ve been fans of this wine for years now, and so have our loyal customers, we’re finally back with a fresh release and it’s definitely another winner. Expect juicy and expressive fruit, baking spice and vanilla, all around a vibrant acidity and soft texture. This is next level Rioja that way over delivers for the price. Enjoy now through 2020. - DZ Feb 2016
A modern, French oak-aged medal winner from both the International Wine and Spirit Competition and the International Wine Challenge, this is a delicious, authentic Rioja at a great price.
Viña Herminia uses a 50/50 blend of Tempranillo and Garnacha for its Excelsus, and the result is a perfectly harmonious combination of the best of these classic Spanish wine grapes. The nose is vibrant and sweet with warm new oak characters of toast and vanilla along with cherry cordial and ripe red currant fruit. In the mouth, this Rioja is rich and round, offering mouth-filling red cherries and just the right amount of tannic structure to match hearty foods like paella and roasted meats and poultry as well as firm, strong-flavored cheeses.
The 2011 vintage was a successful one for the wines of Rioja. British wine authority Jancis Robinson writes that 2011 produced “powerful, concentrated wines of good quality” in the region. The DOC Rioja’s Regulating Council calls the 2011 vintage “Excellent” and ranks it among the top three vintages over the last 30 years! This particular 2011 is an unbeatable bargain, thanks to our Members-only pricing.
Reasons why we love it:
The International Wine Challenge awarded this one with a Silver Medal and noted: “Restrained nose, cherries and damsons, touch of spice and toasty oak.” The 2009 received 93 points from the Wine Spectator and was including in the Spectator’s “Top 100.”
According to Robinson: “Viña Herminia is the Rioja bodega owned by Luis Caballero of the estimable sherry company Emilio Lustau, which is based in the easternmost, lowest, warmest of Rioja’s three subregions, Rioja Baja… their vineyards are on the slopes of Monte Yerga, so the vines benefit from good day-night temperature variation.”
This estate is situated in a specialized zone within Rioja with vineyards planted between the foothills of the Sierra de Yerga mountain range and the Erbo River.
Viña Herminia ages their “Excelsus” in new French oak casks for a period of 8 months followed by 6 more months of rest in bottle before release.
Garnet color with purple hints in the glass. Fresh and complex on the nose, with sweet and soft undertones resulting from the new wood. Black fruit aromas predominate. In the mouth it is elegant, rich, rounded and balanced,with length and volume.
Located in the Rioja Baja, at the southeastern end of the Rioja, Viña Herminia belongs to the Luis Caballero group of companies, also owners of Emilio Lustau S.A. in Jerez. Viña Herminia offers a full range of Rioja wines, from vineyards on the slopes of Monte Yerga and Monte Argudo, up to an altitude of 700m, complemented with grapes from the best communes of the Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa.
Over the last couple of years, a number of top UK and US commentators, including both Jancis Robinson and Robert Parker, have highlighted Viña Herminia as one of the premier addresses in Rioja for high quality and real value.
Viña Herminia has its own four-ectare vineyard in front of the winery, but otherwise sources its grapes from the Viñedos de Aldeanueva cooperative, which happens to be the biggest vineyard owner in the whole of Rioja, as well as from growers in Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa. The winemaking team select only the best lots to ensure the superior quality of Viña Herminia wines. Warm, sandy soils on the valley floor; calcareous chalk on the hillside slopes.
Enjoy with roast meats, pastas, tomato dishes, barbecued lamb and game.