Burnished copper orange color. It's aromatically intriguing with dried orchard fruit, chamomile, orange peel, almond, wet clay and spice with an oxidized note. On the palate it's bone dry, with an alluring texture that compels you to take another sip. It's unusually complex, superbly balanced, long and utterly refreshing. It's very dry with tart red berry, blood orange, and touch of vanillin flavors that linger long after you swallow. It a wine demands thought, unlike the vast majority Rosés, which are for quenching thirst. And this is wine made for the table.
A great bottle. Gentle but assertive and pungent aromas that show real complexity - orange peel, red fruit, coconut, chamomile like a manzanilla, and more. The palate is balanced and graceful, long and complex, and entirely refreshing. Argument for saving these in the cellar.
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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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