2001 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia - Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alta, Rioja (10/27/2012)
-- popped and poured --
-- tasted non-blind over 8 hours --
NOSE: initially quite expressive, but this did tighten-up considerably over the last 3 hours; juicy, baked cherry; strong underlying mineral/ashy note – reminds me a *little* of a Pauillac; Hoisin sauce; at a pleasant primary/tertiary point of its life.
BODY: ruby core with some tawny coloring at the edges; color is of medium depth; medium bodied.
TASTE: good acidity; tannins are fine and only slightly drying; baked cherry flavor with an underlying leathery note; long finish of moderate intensity; 13% alc. is not noticeable. After a few hours: strong acidity; moderate to moderate+ concentration of fruit; baked red fruits; fruit leather; hint of oak spice emerging now, but does not come across as oaky. Ddrinking very well now --- I’d say in the beginning of its prime time. Fantastic QPR at $38.
B: 50, 4, 13, 17, 8 = (92 pts.)
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