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Vintage Assessments Tasting Note Producer R. LÓPEZ DE HEREDIA
A REPEAT of the June 18, 2022 late arrival was assessed on July 13. This one-of-a-kind red from LÓPEZ DE HEREDIA has a fairly deep ruby colour with some garnet notes on the edge. Intense, complex, spicy, cedary and somewhat earthy,, sandalwood-tinged, warm, ripe, plum-cherry nose with some very faint leafy, lead pencil (graphite) notes. Very dry, medium-full bodied, nicely structured, spicy, complex, minerally, intense, firm, slightly savoury, ripe, plum-cherry-cassis flavours with a lingering, rather cedary, sandalwood-tinged finish. This blend of 70% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha and 10% Mazuelo and Graciano has 13% alcohol, under 2 g/L residual sugar and 6.6 g/L total acidity with a NEW lot number L-0980 on the back label. It was aged for six years in 225 L American barrels which were made at the winery from imported Appalachian mountain oak and bottled without filtration. CSPC 356337
Type Red Table Wine
Agent Joh Han
Country Spain
Region Rioja
Rating ***/***+(94 points)
Dry, Intense, Complex, Savoury
LCBO Text Status Recommended by Vintage Assessments!
TASTING NOTE: This is as complex and savory as the rest of the Viña Tondonia wines, but also shows a tad more depth, with a hint of black plum and blue fruit on top of the orange rind, iron, tobacco and earthy spices. Expect some cedar and truffle to develop in the future. Juicy, zesty and tight, with dusty tannins and bright berry fruit on the mediumto full-bodied palate. Drink or hold [through mid-2030s]. Score - 97 (jamessuckling.com, July 4, 2022) Price $ 64.95
Bottle Size 750 mL
Tasting Date vintages release - October 22, 2022
Cases bought 300 (12 bottles per case)

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Score:  - NOT PRESENTED  * Very Basic   *+ OK   ** Good   **/**+ Very Good   **+ Excellent   *** Outstanding   ***+ Superb

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