R. Lopez de Heredia, Rioja, Vina Tondonia, Gran Riserva 1978

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Very high shoulder

93 Points CellarTracker

Absolutely lovely. It stood out from amongst a lovely field of Burgundies, but not quite as much as one would expect. The nose was lovely, with a blush of roses, sweet dried cherries and strawberries, earth, bramble and smoky spice. There was a sweet thickness to those aromas, along with a lick of American oak that set this apart from the Burgs. The palate was lovely too, with a gentle glow of mature sweetness showing in its flavours of dried red cherries and strawberries, haw flakes, earth and spice, all unfolding into a beautifully full, sheet finish. Really nice purity here. There was still a nice peck of structure too, with a kiss of tannins and a lift of juicy acidity, but this was clearly a rounded and mature wine. A lovely drop. 12/26/2019

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