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    • International Wine Cellar

      2011 rioja (tinto) doq VIÑA HERMINIA, CRIANZA, (EX CELLARS ALDEANUEVA)
      International Wine Cellar (2015): 88

      Deep red. Warm, spice-tinged cherry and redcurrant aromas are complemented by a subtle herbal nuance. Dry and focused on the palate, offering bitter cherry and peppery spice flavors that gain in sweetness with air. The cherry element echoes on the lingering, gently tannic finish. Josh Raynolds 2017 - 2022

    • International Wine Cellar

      2012 rioja (tinto) doq VIÑA HERMINIA, EXCELSUS, (EX CELLARS ALDEANUEVA)
      International Wine Cellar (2015): 90

      Bright violet color. Expressive dark berry and floral pastille scents are sharpened by suggestions of white pepper and smoky minerals. Plush and open-knit, showing good heft to its ripe raspberry and cherry liqueur flavors. Clings with very good tenacity on the finish, which features gentle tannins and a suggestion of candied flowers. Josh Raynolds 2018 - 2023

    • International Wine Cellar

      2010 rioja (tinto) doq VIÑA HERMINIA, RESERVA, (EX CELLARS ALDEANUEVA)
      International Wine Cellar (2015): 90

      Bright ruby-red. Ripe cherry and dark berries on the nose, with suggestions of succulent herbs and dried flowers adding complexity. Juicy and focused on the palate, offering bitter cherry and rose pastille flavors lifted by tangy acidity. Supple tannins frame the persistent spicy finish. Josh Raynolds 2016 - 2021

    • International Wine Cellar

      2014 rioja (tinto) doq VIÑA HERMINIA, TEMPRANILLO, (EX CELLARS ALDEANUEVA)
      International Wine Cellar (2015): 87

      Bright red. Fresh red and dark berry aromas show a slightly jammy character and a touch of white pepper. Smooth and open-knit, offering good straightforward appeal to its juicy blackberry and cherry flavors. Finishes supple and warm, with subtle spiciness and no obvious tannins. Josh Raynolds 2016 - 2017

    • 2010 rioja (tinto) doq VIÑA HERMINIA, CRIANZA, (EX CELLARS ALDEANUEVA)
      Beverage Testing Institute (Chicago) (2014): 88 points

      Minty, scratchy aromas of cherry and berry air out well. This feels chewy yet fresh in the mouth with plum and cherry flavors matched by good overall intensity and balance. A controlled finish tastes dusty and loamy. Drink through 2017.

    • Wine Enthusiast

      2010 rioja (tinto) doq VIÑA HERMINIA, CRIANZA, (EX CELLARS ALDEANUEVA)
      Wine Enthusiast (2014): 88 points

      Minty, scratchy aromas of cherry and berry air out well. This feels chewy yet fresh in the mouth, with plum and cherry flavors matched by good overall intensity and balance. A controlled finish tastes dusty and loamy; drink through 2017.

    • Wine Spectator

      2010 rioja (tinto) doq VIÑA HERMINIA, CRIANZA, (EX CELLARS ALDEANUEVA)
      Wine Spectator (2013): 87

      The brandied cherry and chocolate flavors are rich and slightly sweet in this juicy red, offering a plush texture, modest tannins and bright acidity. A modern style. Drink now through 2016. TM

    • Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

      2009 rioja (tinto) doq VIÑA HERMINIA, RESERVA, (EX CELLARS ALDEANUEVA)
      Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (2014): 90

      Brilliant ruby. Smoky cherry and dark berries on the fragrant, oak-accented nose and palate. Fleshy and open-knit, displaying good heft and no rough edges. Shows the ripeness of the vintage but carries no excess weight and finishes fresh and lively, with lingering vanilla and mocha nuances and smooth tannins.

    • Wine Enthusiast

      2006 rioja (tinto) doq VIÑA HERMINIA, RESERVA, (EX CELLARS ALDEANUEVA)
      Wine Enthusiast (2014): 90 points

      Sturdy black plum aromas feed into a dense, juicy, secure palate, with deep flavors of blackberry and loamy plum. The finish is smooth, mature and pure, with lasting berry flavors and integrated oak. Drink now.

    • Wine Spectator

      2006 rioja (tinto) doq VIÑA HERMINIA, RESERVA, (EX CELLARS ALDEANUEVA)
      Wine Spectator (2012): 90 points

      Dense and smooth, this maturing red offers plum, dried currant, coffee, tobacco and tar flavors. Shows good depth, with well-integrated tannins. Kept lively by just enough acidity. Drink now through 2015. 1,500 cases made. –TM

    • 2006 rioja (tinto) doq VIÑA HERMINIA, RESERVA, (EX CELLARS ALDEANUEVA)
      Restaurant Wine (2012): 5 stars : Exceptional (Very Highly Recommended)

      Great value. It is supple, full bodied, and medium rich; a wine with intense fruit-and-oak character (plum, cherry, tobacco, oak), good balance, and a lightly tannic, persistent finish. Exceptional. 10% Garnacha, 5% Graciano. [2014-2018]

    • The Wine Advocate

      2006 rioja (tinto) doq VIÑA HERMINIA, RESERVA, (EX CELLARS ALDEANUEVA)
      The Wine Advocate (2012): 89

      The dark ruby/garnet-tinged 2006 Rioja Reserva displays more noticeable oak (it was the only wine in this group that showed a lot of vanillin and toast) along with super fruit and medium to full body. If the wood treatment had been less apparent, this would have merited an outstanding score. This group of excellent wines runs the gamut from front end-loaded, fruit-laden Riojas, to a more serious Reserva, to their two reserve selections that are 100% Grenache and a rare single varietal bottling of 100% Graciano.

    • Wine Enthusiast

      2009 rioja (tinto) doq VIÑA HERMINIA, VENDIMIA SELECCIONADA, GRACIANO, (EX CELLARS ALDEANUEVA)
      Wine Enthusiast (2014): 89 points

      Aromas of graphite, asphalt, floral berry, black cherry and oak are harmonious and inviting. This wine feels juicy and rubbery, while black-fruit and plum flavors come with herbal notes and overt barrel notes. A fresh, juicy, zesty finish is pure Graciano.

    • Wine Spectator

      2009 rioja (tinto) doq VIÑA HERMINIA, VENDIMIA SELECCIONADA, GRACIANO, (EX CELLARS ALDEANUEVA)
      Wine Spectator (2013): 89

      This inky red offers blackberry, licorice and sanguine flavors, with chewy tannins and citrusy acidity. A bit spiky, but dense and lively. Will match well with hearty dishes. Best from 2014 through 2021. 1,200 cases made. TM

    • The Wine Advocate

      2009 rioja (tinto) doq VIÑA HERMINIA, VENDIMIA SELECCIONADA, GRACIANO, (EX CELLARS ALDEANUEVA)
      The Wine Advocate (2012): 90+

      A blockbuster is the 2009 Rioja Graciano Vendimia Seleccionada. This smells like bloody grilled steak just off the barbecue. Intense, full-bodied and nearly overwhelmingly concentrated with terrific fruit, body and density, it offers a big, thick, chewy mouthful of wine. Readers who enjoy this type of wine can drink it over the next decade or more. This group of excellent wines runs the gamut from front end-loaded, fruit-laden Riojas, to a more serious Reserva, to their two reserve selections that are 100% Grenache and a rare single varietal bottling of 100% Graciano.

    • Wine Spectator

      2009 rioja (tinto) doq VIÑA HERMINIA, EXCELSUS, (EX CELLARS ALDEANUEVA)
      Wine Spectator (2013): 93 points : "Top 100 Wines of the Year"

      This focused red shows good density, a restrained character and solid depth, offering plum, espresso, tobacco and mineral flavors that are harmonious and long. Not showy, but solid. Drink now through 2022.

    • Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

      2012 rioja (tinto) doq VIÑA HERMINIA, TEMPRANILLO, (EX CELLARS ALDEANUEVA)
      Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (2013): 88

      ) Bright violet color. High-pitched black and blue fruit aromas show a slight jamminess and a touch of white pepper. Juicy and light on its feet, offering tangy blueberry and bitter cherry flavors and a hint of orange pith. Closes a bit tart, but with good clarity and length. I'd drink this on the young side for its vibrant fruit.

    • Wine Spectator

      2009 rioja (tinto) doq VIÑA HERMINIA, VENDIMIA SELECCIONADA, GARNACHA, (EX CELLARS ALDEANUEVA)
      Wine Spectator (2013): 90

      This plush red delivers rich cherry and blackberry fruit, accented by toast, black pepper and licorice notes. Generous yet lively, with balsamic acidity and light, well-integrated tannins. Drink now through 2016. 1,200 cases made. TM

    • The Wine Advocate

      2009 rioja (tinto) doq VIÑA HERMINIA, VENDIMIA SELECCIONADA, GARNACHA, (EX CELLARS ALDEANUEVA)
      The Wine Advocate (2012): 90

      The 2009 Rioja Garnacha Vendimia Seleccionada is outstanding. It reveals a touch of oak, but it is well controlled and measured. The wine’s dark ruby color is followed by classic kirsch, cassis and lavender characteristics, abundant body, good glycerin and a medium to full-bodied finish with good purity, sweet tannin and adequate acidity. This group of excellent wines runs the gamut from front end-loaded, fruit-laden Riojas, to a more serious Reserva, to their two reserve selections that are 100% Grenache and a rare single varietal bottling of 100% Graciano.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2011 rioja (rosado) doq VIÑA HERMINIA, (EX CELLARS ALDEANUEVA)
      The Wine Advocate (2012): 89

      A super rose, the 2011 Rioja Garnacha Rosado is made from 100% Grenache grown in high altitude vineyards. It exhibits good freshness, zinging acidity and lots of strawberry and cherry fruit offered in a medium-bodied, crisp, lively, dry style. It is best consumed over the next year. This group of excellent wines runs the gamut from front end-loaded, fruit-laden Riojas, to a more serious Reserva, to their two reserve selections that are 100% Grenache and a rare single varietal bottling of 100% Graciano.

    • 2008 rioja (tinto) doq VIÑA HERMINIA, CRIANZA, (EX CELLARS ALDEANUEVA)
      Restaurant Wine (2012): 5 stars : Exceptional (Very Highly Recommended)

      Vina Herminia is producing some of the best value Riojas available. The general style of the wines is ripe, fresh, and luscious; delicious wines that are generously flavored.The Crianza is complex and full bodied; a ripe (plum, blueberry, black currant), mildly oaky wine with good balance for the type, and a long finish. Fine quality. Can be aged a bit. [2013-2015]

    • The Wine Advocate

      2008 rioja (tinto) doq VIÑA HERMINIA, EXCELSUS, (EX CELLARS ALDEANUEVA)
      The Wine Advocate (2012): 89

      Even better is the 2008 Rioja Excelsus, a Tempranillo-based offering displaying outstanding ripeness along with notes of licorice, forest floor, underbrush, damp earth, black cherries and black currants. Medium-bodied and silky smooth, it is ideal for drinking over the next 2-3 years. This group of excellent wines runs the gamut from front end-loaded, fruit-laden Riojas, to a more serious Reserva, to their two reserve selections that are 100% Grenache and a rare single varietal bottling of 100% Graciano.

    • International Wine Cellar

      2008 rioja (tinto) doq VIÑA HERMINIA, EXCELSUS, (EX CELLARS ALDEANUEVA)
      International Wine Cellar (2011): 88

      Bright purple. Candied cherry, vanilla and violet on the aromatic nose. Plush and expansive on entry, then tighter in the mid-palate, which displays sweet red and dark berry flavors and notes of mocha and clove. Gentle tannins add shape to the finish, which lingers with good smoky persistence.

    • Wine Spectator

      2008 rioja (tinto) doq VIÑA HERMINIA, EXCELSUS, (EX CELLARS ALDEANUEVA)
      Wine Spectator (2011): 88 points

      Ripe yet firm, this red shows black cherry, prune and chocolate flavors enlivened by bright, slightly balsamic acidity and supported by chewy tannins. There's good concentration here, but this needs time to focus.

    • 2011 rioja (tinto) doq VIÑA HERMINIA, TEMPRANILLO, (EX CELLARS ALDEANUEVA)
      Restaurant Wine (2012): 5 stars : Exceptional (Very Highly Recommended)

      Vina Herminia is producing some of the best value Riojas available. The general style of the wines is ripe, fresh, and luscious; delicious wines that are generously flavored. The Tempranillo is very fine quality: supple, intensely fruity, and moderately rich; an elegantly

      flavored wine (plum, violet, blueberry, red currant) with a very long finish. Has a hint of tannin. Unwooded.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2011 rioja (tinto) doq VIÑA HERMINIA, TEMPRANILLO, (EX CELLARS ALDEANUEVA)
      The Wine Advocate (2012): 86

      Readers looking for an uncomplicated, suitable for quaffing, tank-fermented and aged, fruity Rioja should check out the 2011 Rioja Tempranillo. This pure, well-made, medium-bodied red is neither complicated nor complex, but it is very satisfying. This group of excellent wines runs the gamut from front end-loaded, fruit-laden Riojas, to a more serious Reserva, to their two reserve selections that are 100% Grenache and a rare single varietal bottling of 100% Graciano.

    • International Wine Cellar

      2007 rioja (tinto) doq VIÑA HERMINIA, CRIANZA, (EX CELLARS ALDEANUEVA)
      International Wine Cellar (2011): 88

      Bright ruby-red. Musky cherry and red berries on the nose, with floral and herbal notes adding complexity. Taut and linear on entry, gaining weight in the mid-palate and offering slightly bitter redcurrant and cherry flavors. The slightly medicinal finish shows good length.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2007 rioja (tinto) doq VIÑA HERMINIA, CRIANZA, (EX CELLARS ALDEANUEVA)
      The Wine Advocate (2011): 87

      Vina Herminia’s 2007 Crianza is made up of 90% Tempranillo and 10% Garnacha aged for 12 months in barrel. It offers up a pleasant nose of cedar, tobacco, spice box, and violets leading to a savory palate with ample spicy black cherry and blackberry flavors. It has enough structure to ensure that it will drink well through 2017. It is a solid value and representative of the traditional Crianza style.

    • International Wine Cellar

      2005 rioja (tinto) doq VIÑA HERMINIA, RESERVA, (EX CELLARS ALDEANUEVA)
      International Wine Cellar (2011): 89

      Bright ruby-red. Redcurrant and cherry aromas are complemented by dried rose, cedar and cracked pepper. Juicy and focused, with good depth to its red berry and bitter cherry flavors; picks up a smoky quality with air. Shows a touch of vanilla on the finish, which clings with good tenacity.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2005 rioja (tinto) doq VIÑA HERMINIA, RESERVA, (EX CELLARS ALDEANUEVA)
      The Wine Advocate (2011): 88+

      The 2005 Reserva is composed of 85% Tempranillo, 10% Garnacha, and 5% Graciano made in a relatively tight, lean style. It exhibits a nose of wood smoke, tobacco, mineral, and blackberry leading to a structured offering whose tannin persists into the finish.

    • International Wine Cellar

      2010 rioja (tinto) doq VIÑA HERMINIA, TEMPRANILLO, (EX CELLARS ALDEANUEVA)
      International Wine Cellar (2011): 87

      Bright purple. Cassis, blackberry, licorice and cracked pepper on the rather jammy nose. Dense, juicy and primary, with sweet dark berry, plum and licorice flavors complemented by a subtle herbal nuance. Finishes with an echo of licorice, and dusty tannins that turn a bit dry on the end.

    • Wine Spectator

      2009 rioja (tinto) doq VIÑA HERMINIA, TEMPRANILLO, (EX CELLARS ALDEANUEVA)
      Wine Spectator (2011): 85 points

      Black cherry, leaf and smoke flavors mingle in this round red. This is plump, yet has enough acidity for focus. Accessible, but shows some depth.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2009 rioja (tinto) doq VIÑA HERMINIA, TEMPRANILLO, (EX CELLARS ALDEANUEVA)
      The Wine Advocate (2010): 87

      The 2009 Tempranillo is riper, richer, and more concentrated. It, too, is forward and approachable and will deliver pleasure for another 3-4 years. Vina Herminia’s new releases contain several excellent values.

    • Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

      2009 rioja (tinto) doq VIÑA HERMINIA, TEMPRANILLO, (EX CELLARS ALDEANUEVA)
      Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (2010): 87 points

      Vivid ruby. Spicy red berries and dried flowers on the nose. Slightly jammy raspberry and candied cherry flavors are perked up by a subtle peppery note and a hint of menthol. Dry and focused but a bit narrow, finishing with good clarity.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2006 rioja (tinto) doq VIÑA HERMINIA, CRIANZA, (EX CELLARS ALDEANUEVA)
      The Wine Advocate (2010): 87

      The 2006 Crianza is 85% Tempranillo and 15% Garnacha. Dark ruby-colored, it displays aromas of cigar box, violets, and black cherry. A bit tight, but balanced, this spicy effort will evolve for 1-2 years and offer pleasure through 2018. Vina Herminia’s new releases contain several excellent values.

    • Wine Spectator

      2006 rioja (tinto) doq VIÑA HERMINIA, CRIANZA, (EX CELLARS ALDEANUEVA)
      Wine Spectator (2010): 87 points

      Black cherry, anise and cinnamon notes mingle in this medium-bodied red. This has light tannins and bright acidity, with appealing leafy, floral accents.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2007 rioja (tinto) doq VIÑA HERMINIA, EXCELSUS, (EX CELLARS ALDEANUEVA)
      The Wine Advocate (2010): 89

      The 2007 Excelsus is a blend of 60% Tempranillo and 40% Garnacha aged in 50% new oak. Made in a more contemporary style, it gives up an expressive nose of Asian spices, black cherry, violets, and blackberry. Sweetly-fruited, concentrated, and lengthy, it will drink well over the next 5-7 years. Vina Herminia’s new releases contain several excellent values.

    • Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

      2007 rioja (tinto) doq VIÑA HERMINIA, EXCELSUS, (EX CELLARS ALDEANUEVA)
      Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (2010): 88 (+ ?) points

      Bright violet. Spicy raspberry and cherry on the nose, with suggestions of pungent herbs and dried flowers in the background. Juicy on entry but a bit clenched in the mid-palate, offering sweet red and dark fruit flavors and a touch of smoky oak. Needs some time to flesh out but looks pretty promising.

    • Wine Spectator

      2007 rioja (tinto) doq VIÑA HERMINIA, EXCELSUS, (EX CELLARS ALDEANUEVA)
      Wine Spectator (2010): 87 points

      Fresh cherry and berry fruit is accented by spicy sandalwood and vanilla notes in this bright, supple red. Balanced and lively.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2004 rioja (tinto) doq VIÑA HERMINIA, RESERVA, (EX CELLARS ALDEANUEVA)
      The Wine Advocate (2010): 90+

      My favorite of this quartet is the 2004 Reserva from a great Rioja vintage. Made up of 85% Tempranillo and 15% Garnacha, it emits an alluring aromatic array of smoke, scorched earth, leather, espresso, and black cherry. Dense, layered, and elegant, it conceals enough structure to evolve for another 2-3 years. It will offer prime drinking through 2019, if not longer. It is an outstanding value. Vina Herminia’s new releases contain several excellent values.

    • Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

      2004 rioja (tinto) doq VIÑA HERMINIA, RESERVA, (EX CELLARS ALDEANUEVA)
      Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (2010): 90 points

      Deep red. Pungent aromas of cherry-vanilla, licorice, coconut and tobacco. Creamy, ripe dark fruit flavors coat the palate and show no rough edges. The finishing flavors of spice, candied cherry and rose show very good thrust. This is ready to go.

    • Wine Spectator

      2004 rioja (tinto) doq VIÑA HERMINIA, RESERVA, (EX CELLARS ALDEANUEVA)
      Wine Spectator (2010): 91 points

      Cedar, lead pencil and tobacco flavors frame black cherry and leafy notes in this maturing red, which is still firm and fresh, sleek and harmonious, in the traditional style.

    • International Wine Cellar

      2005 rioja (tinto) doq VIÑA HERMINIA, CRIANZA, (EX CELLARS ALDEANUEVA)
      International Wine Cellar (2009): 88 points

      Bright red. Musky cherry and dark berries on the nose. Tangy cherry and cassis flavors are complemented by notes of cured tobacco and bitter chocolate, with chewy tannins adding grip.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2004 rioja (tinto) doq VIÑA HERMINIA, CRIANZA, (EX CELLARS ALDEANUEVA)
      The Wine Advocate (2009): 89 points : Very Good

      Red values under $25. Recommended.

    • Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages

      2004 rioja (tinto) doq VIÑA HERMINIA, CRIANZA, (EX CELLARS ALDEANUEVA)
      Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages (2008): Wine of the Week

      “Yesterday in A sandpaper seven from Spain I highlighted some of the more aggressively textured wines that I came across in my tasting of New Wave Spanish reds...I thought it only right therefore to choose a thoroughly flattering Spanish red as this week’s wine. In fact, when tasting this young but fully mature rioja I even wrote that Viña Herminia Crianza 2004 Rioja felt like putting on an old pair of slippers. This is a rioja that is not trying to win a prize for the most ambitious red to have been made in northern Spain in the (excellent) 2004 vintage. It has no delusions that it is going to spend half a lifetime being stroked in a connoisseur’s cellar. It is simply a very appealing, fairly early-maturing expression of ripe Tempranillo, the signature grape of Rioja, with about 15% Garnacha that has spent just over a year in the American oak barrels traditionally used in Rioja - but the lovely, luscious fruit is by no means dominated by them...The tannins in the 2004 Crianza are already soft so there is no need to serve it with something chewy to make the wine taste softer. In fact I’d serve it with a slow-cooked lamb shanks, or pasta, cheesey polenta or a risotto. Even if an Italian wine might intuitively seem more apt with the last three suggestions, I think the textures will work well. And, needless to say, there is no need to cellar this wine. It is ready to drink this minute, or at any minute during the next two years.

    • Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

      2004 rioja (tinto) doq VIÑA HERMINIA, CRIANZA, (EX CELLARS ALDEANUEVA)
      Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (2008): 88 points

      Medium red color. Laid-back redcurrant and cherry aromas pick up floral and mineral qualities with air. Sharply focused red berry flavors are sweetened by subtle vanilla and candied floral qualities. Becomes tighter and zestier with air, finishing with good grip and a tangy note of cherry skin. Give this some air and serve it with light poultry or red meat dishes.

    • Wine Spectator

      2004 rioja (tinto) doq VIÑA HERMINIA, CRIANZA, (EX CELLARS ALDEANUEVA)
      Wine Spectator (2008): 87 points

      This plump red offers juicy flavors of black cherry and plum, with accents of chocolate and tobacco. It's fresh and balanced, with just enough grip for food. Drink now through 2014.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2006 rioja (tinto) doq VIÑA HERMINIA, EXCELSUS, (EX CELLARS ALDEANUEVA)
      The Wine Advocate (2009): 88 points

      Red values under $25. Recommended.

    • International Wine Cellar

      2006 rioja (tinto) doq VIÑA HERMINIA, EXCELSUS, (EX CELLARS ALDEANUEVA)
      International Wine Cellar (2009): 90 points

      Vivid red. A complex bouquet displays raspberry, dark cherry, Asian spices and dried rose. The spice and floral qualities repeat on the palate, enhancing the sweet red berry preserve flavors. The finish strongly echoes the red fruit and floral notes and hangs on with impressive tenacity.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2001 rioja (tinto) doq VIÑA HERMINIA, RESERVA, (EX CELLARS ALDEANUEVA)
      The Wine Advocate (2009): 90 points : Outstanding

      The 2001 Reserva is a traditionally styled Rioja composed of 85% Tempranillo and 15% Garnacha aged for 18 months in French and American oak. It offers up an enticing bouquet of cedar, leather, earth notes, black cherry, and cassis leading to a finesse-styled, concentrated wine with excellent depth, plenty of spice, and a seamless finish. This classic effort is ready to drink but should provide pleasure for another six years. One of "Spain's Top 100 Values".

    • Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

      2001 rioja (tinto) doq VIÑA HERMINIA, RESERVA, (EX CELLARS ALDEANUEVA)
      Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (2008): 90 points

      Fading medium red. Smoky red berries and cherry on the nose. Sweet raspberry and cherry flavors are firmed by juicy acidity and lifted by brisk minerality. Finely etched red fruit and musky floral flavors become sweeter on the finish without picking up any excess weight. There's something attractively pinot-like about this, and it would be excellent with grilled birds or sheep's milk cheeses.

    • International Wine Cellar

      2008 rioja (tinto) doq VIÑA HERMINIA, TEMPRANILLO, (EX CELLARS ALDEANUEVA)
      International Wine Cellar (2009): 89 points

      Bright violet. Energetic aromas of spicy red berries and cherry, plus a subtle floral overtone. Pure, bright and racy on the palate, offering vivid strawberry and raspberry flavors and a hint of white pepper. The finish is tightly focused and pure, with very good lingering sweetness and length. This is an outstanding value.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2007 rioja (tinto) doq VIÑA HERMINIA, TEMPRANILLO, (EX CELLARS ALDEANUEVA)
      The Wine Advocate (2009): 87 points : Very Good

      Red values under $25. Recommended.

    • Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

      2007 rioja (tinto) doq VIÑA HERMINIA, TEMPRANILLO, (EX CELLARS ALDEANUEVA)
      Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (2008): 87 points

      Vivid red. Jammy red berry and cherry aromas are enlivened by piquant spices and cracked pepper. Light-bodied strawberry and raspberry flavors offer good clarity and tangy mineral bite. Nervy, clean Rioja, finishing with refreshingly brisk redcurrant and cherry skin qualities and good snap. This would be nice with a light chill.

    • Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

      2005 rioja (tinto) doq VIÑA HERMINIA, EXCELSUS, (EX CELLARS ALDEANUEVA)
      Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (2008): 89 points

      Light red. Dried red berries and cherry on the nose, with smoky herbs and cured meat adding complexity. Light in body, with strikingly pure flavors of raspberry and candied cherry, and subtle sweetness on the back end. Not especially complex but really delicious and easy to drink. I don't detect any tannins and suspect that this will be a crowd-pleaser over the next two or three years.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2005 rioja (tinto) doq VIÑA HERMINIA, EXCELSUS, (EX CELLARS ALDEANUEVA)
      The Wine Advocate (2008): 88 points

      The 2005 Excelsus is 50% Grenache and 50% Tempranillo made in a modern style. Dark ruby-colored, it offers notes of smoky oak, bright red and black fruits, and blackberry leading to a supple-textured, forward wine with the emphasis on fruit. It will evolve for 1-2 years and drink well through 2015.

    • Wine Spectator

      2005 rioja (tinto) doq VIÑA HERMINIA, EXCELSUS, (EX CELLARS ALDEANUEVA)
      Wine Spectator (2008): 89 points

      This bright, juicy red shows cherry, leaf and tobacco flavors, a light yet firm tannin structure and a crisp, spicy finish. There's good focus and freshness. Drink now through 2012.

    • The Wine Advocate

      1999 rioja (tinto) doq VIÑA HERMINIA, RESERVA, (EX CELLARS ALDEANUEVA)
      The Wine Advocate (2008): 87 points

      The 1999 Reserva is made in the more traditional Rioja style. Light to medium ruby-colored, it exhibits aromas of earth, American oak, and black cherry. Given its color, the wine has surprising grip and length. Drink it now through 2015.

    • International Wine Cellar

      2006 rioja (tinto) doq VIÑA HERMINIA, TEMPRANILLO, (EX CELLARS ALDEANUEVA)
      International Wine Cellar (2007): 87 points

      Medium red. Smoky raspberry and cherry aromas offer straightforward appeal, with a subtle floral quality adding complexity. Light and fresh, with gentle red fruit flavors, no apparent tannins and a crisp, focused finish. Uncomplicated but perfect for early drinking.

    • Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

      2004 rioja (tinto) doq VIÑA HERMINIA, EXCELSUS, (EX CELLARS ALDEANUEVA)
      Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (2006): 90 points

      Ruby-red. Deep, sweet aromas of blackberry, blackcurrant and candied licorice. Lush, supple and delicious, with impressive purity to the sappy dark berry flavors. As with this winery's 2005 tempranillo, there are no apparent tannins, just a load of sweet, juicy blackcurrants, blackberries and blueberries. Finishes with impressive length. This is unbelievably easy to drink.

    • Wine Spectator

      2004 rioja (tinto) doq VIÑA HERMINIA, EXCELSUS, (EX CELLARS ALDEANUEVA)
      Wine Spectator (2006): 87 points

      This modern red layers chocolate from oak on ripe plum and blackberry fruit over a firm foundation of ripe tannins. Has the stuffing to stand up to food. Drink now through 2010.

    • Wine Spectator

      2002 rioja (tinto) doq VIÑA HERMINIA, EXCELSUS, (EX CELLARS ALDEANUEVA)
      Wine Spectator (2005): 88 points : Very Good

      This plump, fresh red mingles cherry, plum, tobacco and coffee flavours. Has tannins for grip and a lingering, spicy finish. Nice balance of traditional and modern. Drink now through 2009.

    • International Wine Cellar

      2002 rioja (tinto) doq VIÑA HERMINIA, EXCELSUS, (EX CELLARS ALDEANUEVA)
      International Wine Cellar (2005): 88 points : Excellent

      Good dark red. Strawberry, redcurrant and plum complemented by oak notes of cedar, nuts and spices. Silky-smooth in the mouth, with strong oak spice supported by smoky red berries and plum and nicely framed by slightly edgy acidity. Finishes with fairly light but dry tannins. Not quite as mouthfilling as the 2001 version, but this grew sweeter with aeration.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2001 rioja (tinto) doq VIÑA HERMINIA, EXCELSUS, (EX CELLARS ALDEANUEVA)
      The Wine Advocate (2005): 87 points : Very Good

      The top cuvee, the 2001 Rioja Excelsus (still a reasonably good value), possesses new oak as well as a lean, tannic personality with everything ratcheted up a notch. I'm not sure it is as accessible as the less expensive cuvees because of the additional tannin and wood. In any event, it is a pleasing, medium-bodied, slightly austere effort to consume over the next 3-4 years.

    • International Wine Cellar

      2001 rioja (tinto) doq VIÑA HERMINIA, EXCELSUS, (EX CELLARS ALDEANUEVA)
      International Wine Cellar (2004): 88 points : Very Good

      Medium red. Plum, currant and roasted oak on the nose. Plump, round and sweet; stuffed with plummy fruit and oak. Finishes with sweet tannins and rich oak notes. Not particularly complex, but this offers a satisfying mouthful of flavor.