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1998 Lopez de Heredia "Vina Tondonia" Reserva, Rioja

SKU #1020693

93 points from Josh Reynolds of Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar. He says, " Dark red. Penetrating, complex bouquet of red berries, cherry skin, minerals, dried rose, tobacco , cured meat and baking spices. Youthfully taut, but opens slowly to show de ep cherry and plum flavors with suggestions of succulent herbs and graphite. This medium-bodied wine b roadens on the back, the intensely flavored fruit softening and sweetening. A remarkably elegant, balanced and complex wine that's still very young : I'd give it at least another five years of bottle aging. (Sep/Oct 06) 91 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1998 Vina Tondonia Reserva is decidedly more flashy and opulent than the Bosconia in its heady suggestions of macerated cherries, licorice, menthol, tobacco, sweet oak and minerals. It offers wonderful purity and great length in a riper expression of Rioja that is more approachable today and hints at being slightly further along in its evolution than the Bosconia." (Oct. 2006)

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