By: Chiara Shannon | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/30/2010 | Send Email
The 1997 Lopez de Heredia Tondonia Gran Reserva Rosado has an earthy, developing nose, at first showing green olive notes, that leads to a palate that is marked by savory, mushroomy flavors and just the barest hint of dried strawberry. Alex mentioned rhubarb in our tasting and that may be a better descriptor - earthy, red fruit. The palate is round and viscous, with medium, fresh acid and a long, savory finish that is almost breadlike in its leesy flavors. I LOVE this wine. It is not what many people look for or expect in a rosé - mature and savory versus young, fruity, and fresh - but with a little fanfare and enthusiasm on part of the host(ess), anyone who loves wine can be won over, or at least come to appreciate, it's remarkable complexity, nuance, and distinction.