- posted 10 years ago
On his recent visit to France Santiago was kind enough to bring a 6 pack
of Spanish wines for us to try. (He performed the same service for the
Baudry clan, I'll be interested in finding out their impressions!)
Since we essentially never see Spanish wine here, this is a great chance
to broaden horizons.
So, this is labeled R. Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Reserva, Rioja
Alta, DOC, 12.5%. 1990. For me a rare white Rioja.
In spite of a bum taster I will do my best to elaborate.
The wine was a beautiful straw color, reminiscent of Vin Jaune but a
An intense and layered nose of pine resin, nuts and some apricot.
In the mouth very sappy and long, a clean acidic core with more nuts,
lemon, creme fraiche, lots of toast but not tannic, pine, apricots.
Guessing it spent a long time in the barrel. Very refreshing and
different for us -- my kids in particular found it a new taste, and
spent many minutes discussing the bouquet! -- and went very well with a
simple pork ragout.
Thanks Santiago! And also, I enjoyed our extended tasting and lunch
with Pierre and Marie Luneau-Papin, a fascinating tour not only through
the older muscadets but also the 2009 parcels in various stages of
fermentation. (Marie hasn't yet emailed me the tasting list, I will
have to remind her.)