And to all a good wine!
This one came out of left field and completely usurped the wine that was to be today’s feature (that one – the Wine of the Year – will come out Saturday) but I felt if I waited too long on this one that the iron wouldn’t be hot any longer. So here it is!
This wine is pure and wonderful classic Rioja. There are all kinds of cedar spices, black cherries galore, and that utterly alluring Rioja Funk here in spades. The 2002 is drinking wonderfully right now and I think it could even find a welcome spot at just about any table this holiday season … and at this, frankly silly, price you can even afford to share it with the riff-raff.
I served this wine a month back at the 250th class and it was a hit at it’s regular price of 39 bucks but this morning I was clued into that the winery had a mess of cases they needed to move out….. swoop, snatch, and grab! I didn’t want to let this screaming deal go to waste and I didn’t.
Here is a nice write-up from Cellartracker a guest at the 250th class wrote up on just this wine (though we served it from a magnum that night). Read on for a great description of the wine from someone you might just know…. Review Here. Also Stephen Tanzer gave the wine a solid 91 Points and the ever generous folks at the Wine Spectator gave it 92. Solid reviews too from lots of other Cellartracker folks – but heck, at this price, reviews shouldn’t matter as you’re getting a wine from one of the best – if not the best – traditionalist wineries in all of Spain. Also here is the tech sheet direct from Lopez de Heredia. This wine isn’t one for normal Lopez aging (the 2002 vintage was horrid) but Man-Alive does it taste fantastic right now. I think you can hold it another 5 years but I also think this wine is nearing it’s perfect peak drinking window.
36 bottles are up for grabs at this price and I don’t think that those bottles are going to be around come this afternoon.
Maybe Santa will be nice and bring you a bottle of this but I, personally, think you shouldn’t wait for this to appear under the tree… Santa is good but even he’s gonna be getting in on this deal. And, knowing this wine, I betcha good old St. Nick will have drunk it all up too!
R. Lopez de Heredia
Viña Tondonia Reserva
Rioja | Spain
Regular Price: $38.99
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