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Vintage Assessments Tasting Note Producer LÓPEZ DE HEREDIA
Assessed from a new bottle just purchased at the LCBO. Ambering light orange colour, this 2010 has an intense, distinctive, gently toasty nose that makes you think of all the nuances that make Gran Reserva Rioja so incredibly special. Persimmon, tangerine, rose hip, violets, sandalwood , even a hint of an ancient Fino. Dry, medium bodied, well structured and intense, and yet well balanced and harmonious with tangy, faintly toasty, ripe, plum-black-cherry-cassis fruit - maturing albeit fully alive lingering flavours. This blend of 60% Garnacho, 30% Tempranillo and 10% Viura has 13% alcohol and 1 g/L residual sugar with lot number L-0559 on the back label. It spent 4 years in barrel and is unfiltered, which accounts for the great mouthfeel. Always extremely hard to find this will sell out without notice. Be aware that this unique Rose will not resonate with everyone. Log into my Supporter area for details where and how any bottles will be available. CSPC 15781
Type Rosé Table Wine
Agent Joh Han
Country Spain
Region Rioja
Rating ***/***+(96 points)
Dry, Intense, Complex, Bright, Lingering
LCBO Text Status Recommended by Vintage Assessments!
TASTING NOTE: The 2010 Viña Tondonia Rosado Gran Reserva was hitting on all cylinders. It was produced with 60% Garnacho (they use the masculine of the name here), 30% Tempranillo and 10% white Viura from vines averaging 91 years of age. Like all the wines, it fermented with indigenous yeasts (they have never used selected yeasts) in the 142 oak vats they have used since the beginning and then matured in old American oak barrels for four years. There is tons of complexity and nuance here; it's super elegant and layered, and as the wine sat in the glass, it developed more and more complex aromas, a subtle combination of balsam, red acid berries, a hint of medicine, fennel and wet chalk, a diesel-like touch, old wood and mushroom (beetroot?), licorice and yellow flowers, sweet spices... There's a lot more of everything. It's clean and crystalline, fresh and long, with terrific balance and depth. This has to be the finest rosado of recent times... Drink date: 2020-2035. Score - 96 (Luis Gutiérrez, robertparker.com, Oct. 30, 2020) Price $ 43.95
Bottle Size 750 mL
Tasting Date vintages release - July 24, 2021
Cases bought 34 (6 bottles per case)

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