1991 Lopez de Heredia "Viña Tondonia" Blanco Reserva Rioja
93 points Wine Spectator: 'The golden hue shows maturity, but there's still plenty of life in this traditional white, which is firm, fresh and a bit lean in texture, with quince paste, beeswax, almond and orange peel flavors. Rather austere, but harmonious and elegant. Drink now through 2015. 2,500 cases made." (10/10) For the 1991 vintage, it's essentially the same as it ever was with this delicious, inimitable, wine world original. Produced from 85% viura and 15% malvasia from the spectacular tondonia vineyard, the wine is fermented in huge oak vats, aged for six years in used American oak barrels, during which time it is racked two times a year. After a decade of bottle ageing, the wine is finally released to market. What can you expect in this 19 year old white? How about an unbeatably suave, velvety texture, bright stone fruit and citric flavors showing electric acidity, great minerality and length that makes other wines of purportedly impressive length seem short. That's just for starters. Words invariably fail to describe this legendary bottle of white wine, you simply need to get it in the glass and then you'll see why so many people in the wine business covet white wines from the great Lopez de Heredia winery.