From 75cl, sealing-wax capsule broke off cleanly, but cork soaked through and v. loose, so neck of bottle removed with port tongs. Light orange/brown/red colour. Decanted clear, very little powdery deposit. No scent on decanting, but be patient: After 15 minutes gorgeous strawberry jam and dried cranberry perfume, after 30 minutes with added fresh blood, old leather and – magical – forest floor. The strong acidity dominates the lithe, taut, slender palate: After 30 minutes fresh morello cherry, retronasal sandalwood(?) and cedar. Amazingly, there is still a touch of tannic grip on the finish (could have been scary to meet this wine down a dark alley when it was a tough young kid). A wonderful experience, best 30-60 minutes after decanting. 93-94P
Wood sap, some sweet spice, and dry earth on the nose. Palate on this bottle had red cherry, light earth, and some leathery undertones. However, astringent backpalate as the fruit did not hold up well. Paired with sauteed skate. Not my best bottle, not my worst, but rather somewhere middle of the road. Poured and consumed within one hour.
SAG (Blind) Tasting (Chez Weber - Chicago IL): Tasted double blind in what turned out to be a "1970" flight. This was one of the most surprising wines of the night. Almost all of this thought it from Burgundy! Mature red cherries on nose and palate with great balance and woodsy spice. Long and well textured. I've had this wine 3 or 4 times over the past few years and there had been considerable bottle variation with tonight's certainly the best bottle.
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Els12golafres Wine Tasting Group: http://vinosclasicos.blogspot.com.es/2014/08/vina-tondonia-1970-gran-reserva.html - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Botella sin reencorchar desde el embotellado, cerrada con el lacrado original. Retirar el corcho ha requerido de muchas manos, de más opiniones y teorías, y de un pulso de cirujano al manejar el abridor de láminas. El corcho estaba formado por una materia semisólida enganchada al cuello de la botella. Inesperadamente ha saludo de una sola pieza. De color rubí de medio cuerpo, opaco, sin mucho brillo y cierta sensación de turbidez a pesar de no tener precipitados en la base de la botella.
Aromas de media intensidad, sin grandes artificios iniciales, y muy marcado por reductivos. Predominan los cueros y las maderas viejas, envinadas, que aportan una nota de ebanistería y lacas. Necesita aire para abrirse. Tostado, de perfil muy clásico y con el sello de la bodega: guindas en licor, marchitos, cremosos.
En boca domina su fuerte acidez y la sensación picante que apuntala todo tipo de especias ahumadas y un fondo ligerísimamente vegetal de mucha clase. Sabroso, ligero, redondo, elegante y potente en su estilo. Más definido y preciso al paso de las horas. Un Tondonia sin tanta carga de madera como en otras cosechas de ese mismo periodo. Grande, muy grande!!!
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -E-L-S - 1-2 - G-O-L-A-F-R-E-S - W-I-N-E - T-A-S-T-I-N-G - G-R-O-U-P - - - - - - - Wine Info - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 75% tempranillo, 15% garnacho, 5% graciano, 5% mazuelo - 12% vol. Permanece durante 6 meses en grandes depósitos de madera en los que acaba de realizar la fermentación maloláctica y se estabiliza antes de ser trasegado. Criado durante 10 años en viejas barricas de roble americano de 225 litros elaboradas por los toneleros de la misma bodega. El vino es sometido a 2 trasiegas manuales cada año. Clarificado con claras de huevo frescas. Embotellado directamente de la barrica. Sin filtrar. En este momento a todas las botellas se les coloca una cápsula de laca en el cuello que es substituida por una nueva cápsula de plomo cuando se procede al etiquetado. Descansa un mínimo de 44 meses en botellero antes de ser comercializado. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Some wines from a trip; 6/19/2014-7/2/2014: High soulder. A disappointing showing, tired bottle. Drinkable but may be showed only 10% of what is is capable of when good. There are no good wines but only good bottles - true in this case.
A disappointing bottle. I won't devote much time here as I believe the bottle was slightly flawed. This was very tart and wasn't showing any of the complex components typical of Tondonia GR. Very linear and acidic. I've had other bottles of the vintage that would indicate that it should drink well until 2030.
Wines that Charles loves (Cafe Pyrenees): Gorgeous, complex nose of leather, herb, and aged red fruit. Palate is elegant with medium bodied herb-filled red fruit and more leather notes. Terrific complexity, nuance and depth of flavor.
Year 2 - Super Tasting 2 of 5 - Andrew does Rioja (Langdon Hall, Blair, Ontario): Nose is quite complex showing pure spice, cherry, earth, mushroom, and float notes. The palate is a bit more "dirty", but in a good way, with some schtank as one person put it. Coming through this is nice cherry, strawberry, leather, nutmeg, dried flowers and mushroom notes. The acid is lively but not distracting. The finish is medium+ and quite complex....very feminine wine.
Year 2; Tasting 2 of 5; Andrew does Rioja (1954-1994) (Red Room, Langdon Hall, Cambridge, Ontario): Popped and poured, followed approximately 2 hours. Light garnet in the glass, with a mild brick at the rim. On the nose, red cherry, strawberry, mushroom, dried herbs, sandalwood, decaying leaves, citrus peel, baking spice, leather, earth, and a touch of coffee. On the palate, beautifully textured, with medium plus acidity, light gripping tannins that accentuate the moderate length finish, characterized by tastes of cranberry, strawberry, earth and dried herbs. Plenty of life left here, and could go decades in the cellar.
Such a classic! Transparent, brickish, Burgundy like colour, but with lots of fine dust size sediment so decant immediately and very carefully. Deep and comlex nose of smoke, hay, jamon, honeycomb, dark cherries, also some barnyard and even decaying tangerines. Be warned that this bottle did not develp for very long when in the glass, the wine was dying with air. Such a good classic. (A)
A private lunch (The Harwood Arms *, Fulham, London, UK): Lovely, mature, warm colour; gentle, slightly cedary nose, develops a hint of lovage, warm and vinous, vestiges of ripe Tempranillo fruit, hint of nuttiness, wonderful depth; on the palate remarkably fresh, elegant, silky, fully mature flavours but not in any way tired, still retains some tannic grip; good length.
Another Saturday at Knightsbridge - mostly blind (Northbrook, IL): Tasted double blind. This is the third time I've had this wine over the past few years, and this was by far the best showing. Tobacco, slightly floral, intense mushroom and lingering red cherry aromas. Mature red cherry flavors with plenty of mushroom again. great acidity and textures.
Silky, almost ethereal, texture, not a hint of tannin, but still with a strong, bracing backbone of acid. A terrific wine and not merely because it is over 40 years old, although that was part of the pleasure. Still has lots of life in it and could turn out to be as good as the 42 I had last year. Outstanding
Saturday at Knightsbridge (Northbrook, IL): Tasted double blind. Moderately pale color. Aromas of well reduced mushrooms, tobacco and cedar. Earthy flavors with some nutty elements. Moderate length and power. Tough for me to identify as Rioja, only as a well made wine intended to age gracefully. Although I have almost no experience with old Heredia.
Pop and poured. The color was very clear light red with no bricking. Tight on the nose with red fruit coming through. The tannins are well integrated with a strawberry flavor coming through. There was a metallic finish on the wine which took a little away from the wine but by no means off putting.
Tok Hong's 40th (Infuzi, Biopolis): We had two bottles of this. Night and day when compared with the last time I drank a 1970 Tondonia. The last bottle a year or so ago was disappointingly on its last legs. These, one the other hand, were alive, kicking and extraordinarily good. A really superb wine. Nose was mindblowing - pure Rioja seduction. Dusky figs, plums, plush cherry scents, strawberry jam, earthy soil notes, a little Tempranillo smoke and spice, a little bloody note, a whiff of wild flowers. With time, it was positively Barolo-like, with roses galore wafting out the glass along with smoky accents, and then some meaty, beefy, smoky scents started floating out as well. Almost mesquite BBQ like. Wow. I could just smell this all night - it was one of the most complex, shifting bouquets I have ever come across. The palate was glorious too. Fully resolved tannins and fresh integrated acid formed a backdrop for wafting flavours of strawberries and dark cherries that just caressed the palate with a silky glide. Little hints of smoke lingered at the edges of the wine, as plums, figs and earth notes filled in the mid-palate. The finish was still going strong - trailing away with a long linger of red fruit, gentle woody ash notes, haw flakes and even wet stone. Not a weighty wine, in fact it seemed a little too ephemereal at the midpalate at times. But this was all lacy mouth-filling perfume - super refined, supremely elegant. May not be a wine for everybody, but I absolutely loved it. Why such a difference from the last bottle? Provenance? Storage? Who knows? But boy, I am not complaining. This was a knockout on the night, only bested by an even more extraordinary magnum of 1970 Vega Sicilia Unico.
Fabulous bottle of wine. For a 39 year old bottle of wine it displayed amazing youth. A sense of place was evident in the gorgeous nose as well as with every sip. The finish was delicate, long and delicious. My guess is that this wine will last for another 50 years.
I became a fan of Lopez de Heredia wines a couple of years ago. It is the only Spanish wine I buy for my cellar. If you have never tried any of these wines, please do so. You will be pleased you did.
CT London Event (Hide Bar, Bermondsey, London): Still enjoyable, but clearly on its last legs. Lovely nose - soil, haw flakes, a touch of plums, some orange peel. Palate was really starting to tire. I got more orange peel flavours, some dried figs and a nice cherry tone, but this all got a little short towards the finish which came across as rather volatile. There was a charming linger of dried fruit right at the tail, but that disappeared very fast. This would have been great in its prime. Am glad that I got to enjoy some of it before it rode off into the sunset completely.
12 Old Rioja: 1925-1981 (Tia Pol): I found it surprising to hear a couple of folks calling this their wine of the night as while quite nice, I found it relatively ungenerous and in need of more time. There’s plenty of tart crancherry fruit with a touch of autumn leaves, earth, leather, spiced orange and sandalwood all wrapped up in a perky package, but the flavors are tightly coiled. Excellent now, but it needs just a little more time for it to relax and show all that it has to show. Solid A-.
Icon Wines Of Spain (WSET, London): Limpid rusty brown, wide amber rim; lightly speckled with sediment; Old polished wood, wheat cereal, high sweet orange; slightly oxidised. A bit faded on the finish.
Very light, reddish-brown colour. Decanted 30 minutes. Most intriguing part of this wine for me was the bouquet; really fascinating and changing over two hours before beginning to show signs of decline; orange peel, pomegranate, rose petals, tea and subtle wood. Elegance is the word here. No tannins discernable any more, decent acidity (not volatile). Will keep another couple of years.
This is showing much cleaner (less soil notes) and younger than last time I had it. All the usual suspects in a nice harmony, dried flowers, dried cherry and cranberry, tobacco and cedar with a hint of chocolate malt on the finish.
Popped and poured. This tempranillo exhibited a brownish brick color (kind of like the clay capsule on the bottle), leading one to think that this might just be undrinkable. Oh was I wrong. The nose was pretty approachable with scents of chocolate, cherries, blackberries coming forth with a hint of orange rind and earth. On the palate, loads of plums and black cherries coated the mouth quickly followed by hints of raspberries leading to a smooth and silky earthy finish. Amazing that this was still drinkable and definitely at its peak and drink within the next 2-3 years. HS92