An exploration of wine

749. Lopez de Heredia-Viña Tondonia, Viña Tondonia Rioja Reserva, 2001

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Book 4 Wine 749

£35; 13%

Fascinating way to start MW study group studies, blind. A much more satisfying old-school Rioja than the 1991 Bosconia. Pale garnet, with a tawny hint at the rim. Developed medium+ intensity nose: perfumed red cherry, toast, cinnamon spice, hints of dried cranberry and leather – all subtle and complex. Medium- body, high acidity, medium, elegant tannins. Sour red cherry flavours – crystalline fruit, with a touch of sawdust. Just missing a bit on the mid-palate, though elegant. Medium+ length.

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