This wine was new to me and an interesting surprise. Slightly dark color suggests some oxidation and is matched by a slightly sherried flavor. But floral notes, minerality, and acidity make this a very pleasant starter accompaniment. Better with food. Very interesting!
My last note/score was spot on. This drinks well with only 5mins of air in the glass (no need to decant) and is still improving. Peak from 2020 and it should last to 2030. Perfect to coravin at home to have a class with a rich pasta starter (carbonara again tonight).
Somehow I've not written a note on this wine. 12bts down and 12 to go. Saline and marmalade nose, bit of dried apricot and vanilla in background. Nice and acidic with a broad mouthfeel and long finish of sour fruit (think very sour apple and lime). Lovely golden colour. This will last another 10yrs easily. It's a real food wine - needs cream/dairy and rich food to match the body. I enjoy it most with a rich carbonara, though it works ok with cheese and Mediterranean food generally (eg with lots of olive oil).
Initially popped Friday night - did not pay much attention; revisited the rest Tuesday night and it was almost exactly the same! Dark yellow, Slighly oily, lemon-orange, unripe pear, a bit of apricot, and the caramel of oxidation. Uplifting acidity and somewhat sherry like. Unique, I enjoyed it, but not for everyone.
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(R. López de Heredia Rioja Blanco Reserva Viña Tondonia) Medium golden yellow color with 1.5 millimeter clear meniscus; saffron, light cumin, tart lemon, light lemon oil, ripe pear nose; oily textured, lemon oil, tart lemon, mineral, tart pear palate with medium acidity; medium-plus finish 92+ points (90% Viura, 10% Malvasia)