Is this the most chameleon-like wine ever? This was the best bottle yet, so I lucked out. No oxidation here (although a little doesn't bother me). A wonderful, fascinating nose: rubber, smoke and honeysuckle might not sound too great, but the sum are greater than its parts. The medium bodied palate is quite creamy and delicious, with lanolin, honeysuckle. lime and slight oak notes. A long, intense finish, as nice acidity kicks in and merges with the creamy texture (A-).
Let me start out - I am not a white drinker, but having tasted this with a pairing meal in NYC, I bought a case. Each bottle has been sweet, a bit sour, and not particularly likable. I've tried chilling, letting it warm, letting it sit (which helps a bit), but I don't get any of the flavors I remember from this wine from a few years back.
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(R. López de Heredia Rioja Blanco Crianza Viña Gravonia) Medium golden color; ripe pineapple, VA, tart baked lemon, lanolin nose, with oxidation; a little oxidized, tart lemon, tangy palate with medium acidity and firm tannins; medium-plus finish
(Lopez de Heredia Vina Gravonia) #2; COLOR-medium to dark golden; NOSE-quite stinky and funky; PALATE-this is a nerd wine; very intriguing; olive oil; gasoline; Vaseline; very interesting flavor profile; has almost a sherry-like flavor component that gives it subtle butterscotch and caramel components on the finish; very elegant; phenomenal pairing with the black licorice; really coats the palate; really nice wine for $19 bones; GV-89
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