This has put on a little weight over the last couple of years. A slightly honeyed, waxy lanolin nose that follows through to the palate which has a nicely mineral, finely tannins almost crunchy texture. A very tactile mouthfeel. Blind I'd pick this as Tondo. ****
Nose of a young sauternes. With apricot and hints of lemongrass as well. Unripened strawberry, mango, hints of wood and red currant on the palate. Notes of burnt wood and oxidation as well, per the house style.
Very interesting. Bright gold, it gives this impression of an ageless wine, similar to what good Loire Chenins or Jura whites deliver. Complex and fresh, silky texture, long. Great food wine, think about Tapas but also fish. Outstanding QPR. Exllent. Drink or hold.
Very interesting wine. Very different than all the white wines that I have tasted so far. Golden straw color. The fact that it is a 2002 itself makes it unique as I have not had white wines that old. Terrific bouquet. Citrus, oak, sandalwood. Medium body. Drinks much stronger than a traditional chardonnay or sauv blanc. Started the evening by drinking this. Should have waited. The wine is strong enough that it is best drunk when paired with food. Mushroom pasta or Salmon with mushroon sauce. Unique wine. Try it!
What a nose. I'm reminded simultaneously of riesling and an oxidized Jura, particularly the Philippe Bornard Les Chassagnes with its fungal funk. The '02 Gravonia somehow achieves an oxidative attitude while maintaining freshness and I get wafts of beeswax, petrol, sugar snap peas, and a touch of soil and vanilla. The palate has filled out a touch since I last put a bottle into play over a year ago. There's a fantastic balance of acid and the medium body that has a noticeable vanilla presence. I'm attracted to the Heredia whites for their novelty and I'll say this is going awfully well with herb goat cheese. The '02 is still young and vivacious and I would expect it to drink well for at least another five years. Good juice.
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