1997 R. López de Heredia Rioja Rosado Gran Reserva Viña Tondonia
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Varietals: 20% Tempranillo, 60% Garnacha, 20% Viura
From the Wine News, Apr/May 2003: Also noteworthy is the remarkable, if quite controversial, R. López de Heredia Viña Tondonia Rosado de Crianza. This exotic blend of tempranillo, garnacha and viura is aged for two years in oak and released after ten; the current vintage, of which only 700 cases were made, is 1993! Its distinctive pedigree makes it genuinely unique, and the wine is considered something of an acquired taste - more like an old white Burgundy than a conventional Spanish rosado. Its deep onion-skin color, which the López de Heredia family calls claro encendido (or illuminated gold), shows only the faintest traces of rose. It is a reductive rosado that benefits greatly from aeration (I use two glasses and pour the wine back and forth several times), which refreshes it and transforms it into an ethereal, very complex wine with myriad spicy flavors.