White

2006 R. López de Heredia Rioja Blanco Viña Gravonia

Viura

  • Spain
  • La Rioja
  • La Rioja Alta
  • Rioja
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  • Ezekill19 wrote:

    August 28, 2020 - Bad deal from B21 and they are still offering for sale

  • forceberry wrote: 94 points

    August 24, 2020 - 100% Viura from Viña Zaconia vineyard harvested in late September. The wine gets its name because it is a Spanish emulation of the classic whites of the Graves region. After the spontaneous fermentation, the wine is aged for 4 years in predominantly old American oak barrels and bottled unfiltered in 2011. Labeled "Crianza", although the wine is effectively a Gran Reserva. 12,5% alcohol, 5 g/l acidity. Total production 50,000 bottles. Tasted in a Gravonia 2011-1993 vertical tasting.

    Quite concentrated and moderately deep honey-yellow color. Beautifully complex, savory and slightly oxidative nose with fascinating, layered aromas of marzipan, ripe orange, some applesauce, light mushroomy notes of fried chanterelles, a little bit of lemon marmalade, oxidative hints of caramel and roasted nuts and a toasty touch of custard brioche. The nose seems to be starting to pick up on a slightly dessert wine-like character with age. The wine is remarkably fresh, focused and firm on the palate with a medium body and intense flavors tangy salinity, ripe lemony citrus fruits, sharp Granny Smith apple tones, some creamy richness, light savory notes of woody oak, a little bit of chopped nuts, subtly oaky nuances of toffee and vanilla and a touch of bruised apple. The racy acidity lends impressive tension and sense of structure to the wine. The finish is very long, intense and acid-driven with concentrated, crunchy flavors of tart lemony citrus fruits, tangy salinity, some green apple tones, a little bit of creamy oak, light sweet nuances of honeyed richness and ripe apricots, an oxidative hint of chopped walnuts and a touch of rosin.

    To me, this is consistently the most impressive Gravonia made in this millennium. Exceptional intensity, complexity and structured acidity. The wine is gaining complexity with age, but it still feels relatively youthful for its age - the only thing suggesting this isn't young anymore how the nose is starting to develop into a lush, more dessert wine-like direction from the classic Heredia aroma profile. Otherwise the wine is still remarkably youthful for a white wine clocking at 14 years of age and most likely will continue to do so for another 10 years or even more. Easily among the winner wines in this vertical. Quoting myself from an earlier TN: "At only 15€ I lack words to describe the ridiculous value of this unique wine. Very highly recommended."

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  • SimonG wrote: 92 points

    June 24, 2020 - Full straw. Classic nose with some wax, lanolin and a lovely and really quite viscous texture despite only being 12.5abv. Toothsome and moreish. Bags of saline minerality and a bright finish. This seems to be gain8ng weight and gravitas and feels more Tondo than trad Gravonia. ****

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  • diggydan wrote: 93 points

    May 29, 2020 - Oxd out salted lemons and nuts. Fairly full bodied. Was just thinking the perfect pairing would be Valencian paella.

  • jviz wrote: 92 points

    May 9, 2020 - Waxy nose with hazelnut and lemon oil. Less complexity than 2009. A wine not high in acid but full bodied.

    What happens to these in a few years?

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  • By Paul Zitarelli
    Full Pull The Apotheosis of Traditional, 1/20/2017

    (Lopez de Heredia Rioja Blanco Crianza Gravonia) Hello friends. Many years ago now, I was introduced to the magical, ethereal Rioja wines of Lopez de Heredia by Javier Alfonso of Pomum/Idilico. I owe that man a debt of gratitude. Since then, I have taken every opportunity possible to purchase, collect, drink, and talk about these wines. Offering them, however, has been more challenging, and as I look back at my records, the last time we offered a Lopez de Heredia wine was in 2012. That is borderline criminal, so I’m thrilled to have the chance to offer two classics from the portfolio today: one red and one white. I’ll turn to Neal Martin of Wine Advocate for an introduction to the winery, because a) I love his writing; and b) he seems to love Lopez de Heredia as much as (and in the same way as) I do: I have adored, indeed occasionally worshiped, the wines of Lopez de Heredia for many years, so I am not ashamed to admit that visiting both their vineyard and their winery was a pilgrimage. Founded by Rafael Lopez de Heredia y Landeta in 1877, it has withstood the tide of corporatization and homogeneity, and epitomizes timeless, artisan winemaking in their own individual, almost solipsistic manner. Technology is noticeable by its absence here. For example, to quote her sister Maria-Jose at a tasting that I subsequently attended in London: “Indigenous yeasts have adapted to high temperatures. To control the temperature during fermentation, we open doors and windows” and “malolactic is the invention of modern winemakers.” I had to check whether this was 2012 or 1912. If you were to award points for charisma, then this producer would be in a league of its own. That would count for nothing if their wines were not distinguished, individual, long-lived and above all, delicious. It is commonly known that if you are seeking bags of fruit and lashings of oak, this is not the place to come. My views and these scores might be irrational to someone with a penchant for lush, voluptuous Rioja. Lopez de Heredia is the apotheosis of traditional, classic wines: taut, fresh, bucolic, utterly charming and amazingly long-lived. As with the '04 Tondonia, we’re right in line with the best pricing nationally. It was actually an old Gravonia Blanco (the 1990 I believe) that was my first introduction to the winery. Yep, it was decades-old Viura that floored me first. This one gets four years in barrel, so it too would have been bottled in 2011 and seen a subsequent half-decade of further evolution. The moderately-oxidative style of white winemaking used here is not for everyone, but those of us who love it tend to REALLY love it. The aromatics are unmistakable: pineapple, a wintry/Christmasy spice mix, and brown butter. While the nose is unapologetically oxidative, the palate dazzles with its freshness and bright acidity, its double-take length. This is a special wine indeed. Wine Advocate: Copyrighted material withheld.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2006
  • Type White
  • Producer R. López de Heredia
  • Varietal Viura
  • Designation Blanco
  • Vineyard Viña Gravonia
  • Country Spain
  • Region La Rioja
  • SubRegion La Rioja Alta
  • Appellation Rioja
  • UPC Codes 4579438697886, 8033116405454

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  • Pending Delivery 1 (0%)
  • In Cellars 620 (47%)
  • Consumed 708 (53%)

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Aperitif till snittar, fruits de mer, Lufttorkad skinka, Manchego, pâtes sauce à la crème, poisson, Serranoskinka, Spanska hårdostar, viande blanche en sauce

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