Our last wine for the 24th Virtual Wine Tasting was this Tempranillo Reserva. At 12 years of age it was starting to show some garnet hues in the glass with a touch of bricking. The nose was very earthy and jammy with stewed fruit and other aromas of age- musty root cellar, dust, game, leather and cigar box. The vestiges of primary notes were ripe plum and dill. The palate was not as exciting to me as the nose although I did note the wine was dry with well integrated tannins, medium acidity and had flavors of stewed plum, tart cherry, vanilla, citrus (from the oak), and cedar. Full bodied, this wine had a long finish and is drinking at peak now. For $30 this is a good intro to aged Spanish wines, but don’t delay! I gave it 91 points and 5 stars. It’s quite complex and needs to be drunk by itself to enjoy the nuances that older wines can present. Nice stuff. Salut….
R. Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia ‘Vina Bosconia’ Reserva 2009, Rioja DOCa, Spain
06 Sunday Feb 2022