Light salmon to orange color in the glass. Nose of wet stones dominates with light notes of red berries. Light flavors of strawberries, red raspberries and red berries. Tangy acidity, light to medium body. Drink or hold normally I would say but this wine the cork was wet almost to the top and it seemed as though maybe it suffered from a little bit of premature oxidation so I can't say officially drink now or over the next 3-4 years like I'd normally say or even rate it in case it was hit by some pre-mox. Barely noticeable to the point I still had it with dinner! Noted solely for future tastings.
Wow, as usual. A little heavy on the sherry end of the spectrum on opening, but younged up after an hour. Herbal and savory and tart red fruits, the first bottle empty in a slew of worthy contenders. Did I say wow?
Rose/copper colour. Slight oxidation in the nose, including apple juice, nuts. Dry and very much a red wine, complete with tannin. This wine could be served before or throughout the meal. I recommend reviewing this producer's fascinating website
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(Viña Tondonia Rosé Gran Reserva) COLOR-medium peach skin; NOSE-caramel notes; the aromatics are incredible; strawberry shortcake on the attack, then a butterscotch on the back-end; extraordinary; PALATE-no notes; GV-No Score
(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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