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  • By Chris Kissack
    November 2010, (See more on Winedoctor...) 15 points

    (López de Heredia Viña Tondonia Rioja Rosé Gran Reserva) This is the only rosé included here - perhaps not surprising in a ten-years-on tasting. A rather unique colour for a rosé, more of a golden onion-skin reminiscent of a botrytised wine rather than anything resembling pink. Although a blend of 30% Tempranillo, 60% Garnacho and 10% Viura this wine has spent more than four years in barrel, with racking once per annum, followed by at least five years in bottle, so perhaps the colour should come as no surprise. The nose has a little red-baked-earth character to it, dry and dusty, suggestive of an oxidative streak at least, with a slightly stewed fruit character spiced with pepper and cinnamon. The palate is full and really quite fresh despite that aromatic character, substantial, spicy and peppery, with polished oak and vanillin tones. Very dry, just 6 g/l of residual, with a sappy, rolling finish. There are elements to this I really like, but the streak of oxidation puts something of a dampener on it for me.

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