Monthly Archives: April 2007

More New Wines

In late April and early May, as you drive across Spain, you can start to see colorful fields of wildflowers spurting in waves of rojo (red), amarillo (yellow), morado (purple) and blanco (white). 

In the Spanish winemaking calendar, the April/May period is also the beginning of the growing season. Driving from south to north you can watch the grape vines seemingly grow in reverse. In La Mancha, late April is when grape vines begin to send out new shoots and the first tiny immature grapes appear as little bunches along the vines. Two hours later, by the time you reach the outskirts of Madrid, the plants are just putting out the first tentative and tender green leaves. An hour’s drive further north in Rueda, the vines have just budded out from their gnarly brown stumps. Further north, in Ribera del Duero, row after row of dark, withered old vines look as if life had left them long ago, but in a few weeks, as the season progresses, they too will burst forth in an explosion of pale green, darkening as the leaves spread and grow. 
So if you’re in Spain taking a back road car trip or discovering the wine country visiting one bodega to another, you may want to take a couple of excellent traveller’s guides with you. At The Spanish Table, we have an assortment from “Wildflowers of Southern Spain” (by Betty Molesworth Allen, $27.50) to “Back Roads of Southern Spain” (by David Baird, $24.99). One excellent book that stands out is “Discovering Wine Country: How to Find Great Wines Off the Beaten Track” (by Susie Barrie, $19.95). It’s a colorful book that takes one through the best wine routes, places to stay and visit, and most importantly, a section on how to get your wine home.
But, if stuffing bottles of wine into your suitcase is not your cup of tea, The Spanish Table has you need to re-create your road trip in Spain, or simply inspire your weeknight meals with family as well as your festive get-togethers with friends. New pink, white and red wines for every occasion are available at The Spanish Table, along with a mind-boggling assortment of traditional Spanish and Portuguese foods to serve alongside.

 

New Rosado

Amestoi Txakoli rosado 2006 $15.99 Here’s a new one for you…rosado Txakoli. You heard it right. That dry, spritzy Basque white wine that is so refreshing and food friendly now comes in a pink version. This blend of white Hondarribi Zuri and red Hondaribbi Beltza grapes (grown only in the Basque lands) stays true to its Txakoli name with spritzy effervescence and lean minerality. Just a hint of fresh berry fruit sets the pink version apart from the austere grapefruit character of the other Txakoli wines. This is my new standard for warm weather refreshment.

 

New Blancos

Avinyó Vi d’Agulla 2006 $12.99 The Avinyó Cava that we carry (the traditional Brut Reserva As well as the new Brut Rosado) is always top notch. This small winery also produces a traditional summer wine called Vi D’Agulla (translates literally as ‘needle wine’). This lightly effervescent white wine made from Petit Grain Muscat is floral and aromatic like a Moscatel, but only gently sweet. The light bubbles lift the scent and give the wine a lively, fresh character. The prickly effervescence is what gives the wine its name. Serve Vi D’Agulla as a welcoming cocktail to your dinner guests and watch the smiles spread with each sip.

 

Do Ferreiro Rebisaca 2005 $19.99 Do Ferreiro is a winery in D.O. Rías Baixas near the western coast of Spain. This small winery grows Albariño grapes on their small 15 acre estate. Rebisaca is the name of one of their vineyards. This wine is a blend of estate grown Albariño and purchased Treixadura grapes that mixes the aromatic,  floral quality of Albariño with the dry, tart Treixadura to produce a wine with rich fruit character as well as crisp acidity.

 

Do Ferreiro Cepas Vellas 2005 $31.99 We also received a precious few bottles (2 to be precise) of Do Ferreiro Cepas Vellas, a 100% Albariño wine produced from the oldest vines in the region (200+ years old). The vines grow overhead on stone pillared pergolas that allow air to circulate and prevent excess moisture from rotting the fruit (they get lots of rain in Rías Baixas). These ancient vines produce small, concentrated fruit which in turn produces a richly aromatic wine with refreshing, bright acidity and dry mineral background flavor. This rarity should rest for another year or two before it shows its best aspect.

 

New Tintos

Faustino V Reserva 2001 $21.99 Faustino is one of the iconic names in traditionally styled Rioja. Family run for four generations Faustino has a long history and well established reputation in the marketplace. Faustino V is a Reserva level wine composed of Tempranillo with a small amount of Mazuelo. The wine is aged for 16 months in American oak, with additional years of bottle age to soften the tannins and unify the flavors of fresh cherry and new oak. A bit of coffee bean flavor at the end indicates the maturity of this wine. Serve with a special meal focusing on Spanish flavors to experience this wine at its best.

 

Faustino VII Tinto 2004 $13.99 The young Faustino VII is essentially the same blend as the Faustino V, but with just ten months of barrel age. The wine is youthful and ripe, with firm tannins supporting ripe berry fruit character. This more assertive version of Faustino would be well suited to robust hearty meals featuring full-flavored meat dishes.

 

Vina Pomal Crianza 2003 $15.99 This new addition is also an old favorite, now in the latest vintage. This 100% Tempranillo wine spends ten months in oak before being bottled. Dark color and ripe berry aromas blend well with the oak character that never overwhelms the youthful style.

 

Special Bottles

Flor de Pingus 2004 $58.00 Those of you with wine cellars will want to take note of this new arrival from D.O. Ribera del Duero. Peter Sisseck makes a mere 500 cases of the legendary (and quite expensive) Pingus. Fortunately he also makes 4000 cases of the more reasonably priced Flor de Pingus which The Wine Advocate just rated at 97 Points. Jay Miller recently reviewed the wine, saying “In the wonderful 2004 vintage, owner/winemaker Peter Sisseck has outdone himself. If I were just starting to build a wine collection and had limited income, I can think of no better foundation than a dozen bottles of 2004 Flor de Pingus. In the context of the world’s great wines, it is a stupendous value, a steal. It is 100% Tempranillo from very low yields and is aged 14 months in 100% new French barriques. Opaque purple in color, it emits already complex aromas of smoke, toast, coffee, blueberry, blackberry, and licorice. Lush on the palate, super ripe and sweet, as well as multi-dimensional, this great effort can be drunk now, but I’d opt for cellaring it for 6-8 years to allow further evolution.”

We have just three cases of this wine, so act fast to secure some for yourself.

 

Hacienda Monasterio 2003 $42.99 (we announced this wine two weeks ago, but in light of the Flor de Pingus release, and since we still have a bit left, the information bares repeating) Peter Sisseck of Pingus fame makes this dark and deeply flavorful D.O. Ribera del Duero wine. It is a perennial favorite that we receive limited quantities of once a year. We got just three cases of the 2003 vintage, which we do not expect to last long.  Steven Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar gave this wine 92 points, saying “Deep ruby. Explosive, sexy aromas of cherry, plum, incense, freshly ground coffee and succulent herbs. Focused and deep, with red and dark berry flavors complicated by candied violet, smoky bacon and cracked pepper. A ripe, weighty wine with a dense, chewy texture and compelling freshness, especially for the year. Finishes with a note of sweet cherry preserves, fine tannins and excellent length.”

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New This Month

Two of the best things about a trip to Spain are the wine and the tradition of siesta. During the afternoon for a few hours, no matter where you are, the whole town shuts down, looking like a complete ghost town. In the narrow, cobbled streets, you’ll see storekeepers pull down their heavy chained gates and lock their front doors to go home for lunch or sit at the nearby open café to eat tapas and drink wine. Tourists may shake their heads and wonder, “What’s happening?” And when they do find out it is siesta time, they exclaim “Why don’t we have the same tradition at home?”

The good news is that even though we may not be in Spain (that is, for the moment), there’s no reason why we all can’t have our very own siesta. One Spanish Table customer who just spent a week at the Flamenco festival in Jerez mentioned to me the other day that, since his return, each afternoon he likes to have a glass of Spanish wine along with some olives, cheese and a handful of those habit forming little bread sticks called Picos Artesanos de Jerez.
So the next time you see the clock hand hitting 1:00pm, think siesta. (Wait, that’s Siesta! with a capital “S” and exclamation mark). Open up your favorite Spanish Table lemon olives (or anchovy olives, your choice), slice some Manchego cheese and open up a package of Picos Artesanos de Jerez. Most important, pour a glass of your new favorite Spanish Table wine.

May we suggest one of the excellent new wines that have just arrived at The Spanish Table? Check out the first rosado of the season, some new white wine bargains, lots of new red wines from Spain and Argentina, and a few once-in-a-lifetime special bottles that may be perfect for you (details below).

 

New Pink

Marques de Caceres Rosado 2006 $10.99 At last! We are very excited to offer this, the first Spanish rosado of the season. This refreshingly dry wine displays pale watermelon color, fresh berry aroma and bright citrus fruit character. Composed of 80% Tempranillo and 20% Garnacha, this is sure to be as well received on your table as it is in our store.

 

Los Cardos Malbec Rosé 2005 $6.99 The latest addition to our increasingly popular ‘house wine’ section is this Argentine rosado. Made from the local Malbec grape, this gentle pink wine is a perfect back porch cocktail wine. It would also make a fine accompaniment to roast chicken or poached salmon. (don’t forget that all ‘house wine’ selections are $5.99 each when purchased by the case.)

 

New Reds
Tiera Brisa Malbec $8.99  We keep finding delicious and well priced wines from Argentina. This one is ripe and concentrated, yet retains a youthful freshness that makes it versatile and easy to pair with a wide range of foods.

 

Navarro Correas Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 $14.99 This hearty red wine attracted our attention for several reasons. For starters, it displays abundant black pepper aroma and dark berry fruit along with well integrated tannins. Also, we have tasted many excellent Argentine wines made from Cabernet Sauvignon lately and this one offers ample pleasure at a great price. Finally, our newest Employee, Jehan, lived in Argentina for many years and this wine reminded him of home.

 

Cuatro Pasos Mencía 2004 $13.99 When we tried this for the first time at a trade tasting, we knew it would be a perfect match for our store and our customers. We love D.O. Bierzo wines made from the local mencía grape. This one is youthful and tart, with autumn leaf aroma and bold fruit character. Dry grape skin tannins hold the fruit in check. A great wine for serving with poultry.

 

Son Bordils Negre 2003 $27.99 We love Mediterranean island wines. This one comes from Mallorca and has a wild brambly character that pairs so well with any food made with fresh rosemary, thyme, sage or any other fresh herb. Serve this concentrated, spicy blend of 40% Merlot, 25% Manto Negro (indigenous Mallorcan grape), 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Syrah with rosemary and garlic pork loin or roast chicken stuffed with fresh herbs and lemon.

 

Whites

Condesa de Leganza Sauvignon Blanc 2005 $10.99 The red version of Condesa de Leganza has been a trusted staff and customer favorite here, but for one reason or another we never got around to trying the Condesa de Leganza blanco, made from Sauvignon Blanc. When we did try it we exclaimed “Boy, this is tasty!” Lovers of Sauvignon Blanc from other countries will not be disappointed by this bright, lemony wine with hints of orange blossom and green grass. As the weather warms up this will be a popular picnic and garden party wine.

Yasa Blanco 2005 $10.99 Yasa is a cooperative winery in the Calatayud region of northern Spain. Since they are known primarily for red wines, we were pleasantly surprised by this young, fresh white wine from the same producer. Yasa Blanco is made from 100% old vine Macabeo (50 years of age or more) planted at high altitude. This clean, crisp and fresh fruit-driven wine displays ripe tropical fruit aromas, rich flavors and a long lasting finish.

 

Viña Godeval 2005 $17.99 This perennial favorite is back in the new vintage. Viña Godeval is made in D.O. Valdeorras from Godello grapes. A few years ago this was the only Godello wine we could find. The situation has improved considerably (we now have 4 or 5 Godello wines at any given moment) but this will always hold a place in our heart as a pioneering wine from a little known region. Pale yellow color and gentle aromas of honeydew melon and Meyer lemon meet restrained flavors of white peach and quince.

 

Special Bottles

Vega Sicilia Único 1981 $300.00 What can I say about Vega Sicilia that has not already been said? The most famous wine in Spain? Yes, indeed. Very rare and expensive? You bet. One of the great wines of the world? Absolutely, and we just got one bottle of the 1981 vintage that is composed of  65% Tempranillo, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% blended Merlot and Malbec. Aged for over seven years in French oak and ten years in the bottle before release, this is a wine with great longevity and pedigree. Drink it now or put it away for some point in the distant future when you may need a life changing experience.

 

Sastre Regina Vides 1998 $99.00 The previous importer of this rare and stunning D.O. Ribera del Duero wine found a few bottles hiding in a corner of their warehouse, and we happily picked up 6 bottles for our store. Robert Parker rated this wine at 92 points saying, “100% Tempranillo produced from 80-year old vines with yields of 20 hectoliters per hectare. It is an impressive, opaque purple-colored, full-bodied, opulently textured effort with abundant quantities of sweet, toasty oak, blackberry and cassis fruit, and a long, concentrated, powerful finish. It will drink well for 10-15 years. These days, this wine normally sells for around $140.00, but we are being all 20th century about it and pricing this beauty like its still 1999.

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Springtime Bubbly

What Spanish wine has a long history steeped in tradition, is delicious by itself or with savory tapas, is perfect for springtime and is a bargain too?  Did you say Cava? Probably not, but don’t feel bad if Cava does not jump out as the obvious choice here. While Cava is the most popular sparkling wine in the world, it suffers from constant comparison to the most renowned of sparkling wines, French Champagne.
“Cava is not champagne and does not pretend to be,” says Julian Jeffs, Spanish wine expert and author of the excellent and highly-recommended Spanish wine book, The Wines of Spain ($29.95). “The wines should be judged on their own, very considerable, merits.”
At first the wine was called “Champán” or in Catalan “Xampan”, but not unnaturally the French objected, Jeffs points out.  It wasn’t until 1986 when the new name Cava was found.
So how does Cava differ from the Champagne, you ask? The Spanish make Cava using the same traditional method that the French use to make Champagne, but in place of Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, and Pinot Noir grapes, the Spanish mostly use the traditional local varieties such as Parellada, Xarel-lo and Macabeo. The resulting wine is
lighter in body than Champagne, with larger bubbles and less of the yeasty character that one finds in the French bubbly. Cava is bright, lively and often tastes of tangy green apple and lemon zest.
The other main difference between Cava and Champagne is the way the wines are enjoyed. In Spain Cava is everyday fare, consumed enthusiastically, and in abundance, by the local residents. The happy noise of popping corks that we Americans associate with special celebrations is a regular occurrence in the bars and restaurants of Spain. Champagne is an expensive wine for celebrating special occasions. Cava, on the other hand is a relative bargain. None of the Cava we sell is over $30, and most are under $20. These lively, youthful wines are intended for everyday consumption and pair equally well with potato chips as they do with caviar. This unbeatable combination
of tradition, quality and value should be enough to convince you that Cava deserves a place in your repertoire of springtime wines. As you plan your spring menus, please consider the affordable joy that it brings. Here are some options in the Cava department.

 

Cristalino Brut Cava $8.99 This wine is dry, refreshing and easy to love. The yellow gold color and the persistent bubbles lend a festive touch to any occasion. The price makes this an excellent choice for serving at parties and other large gatherings. $8.99

Cristalino Rosado Cava $8.99 This rosado cava is light and breezy with a touch of berry –like fruit in the aroma. The perfect cocktail wine!

Cristalino Extra Dry Cava $10.99 A bit of extra dosage gives this cava a bit more fruit character than the other Cristalino wines. This off-dry Cava is an excellent brunch wine.

 

Parxet Cuvée 21  Cava $10.99 A perennial favorite among our customers, Cuvee 21 is full of big lively bubbles and zesty citrus aroma with a price that encourages spontaneous celebration.

 

Avinyó Brut Cava$15.99 Small production Cava made by artisan winemakers. The wine is disgorged just prior to shipment, thus guaranteeing the longest time possible on the lees and the shortest time possible between disgorgement and consumption (a good thing!). Yeasty, dry, and brightly refreshing.

Avinyó Rosat Cava $19.99 We just received our first shipment of the sparkling rosado from Avinyó. This pink bubbly is something quite special. It’s dry and leesy like the regular Avinyó cava, but it also has a bit of berry-like aroma to lend a hint of richness to the wine. This gets my vote for the best cocktail wine for spring entertaining. It is refreshing, accompanies a wide variety of appetizers and looks great in the glass.

 

Can Vendrell Brut Reserva $17.99 A classic blend of traditional Cava grapes (Macabeo, Xarel-lo and Parellada) from all organic vineyards. Green apple fruit and leesy aroma in a bright, fresh style.

 

Juve y Camps Brut Nature 2002 $19.99  A favorite of our ex-pat Spanish customers who remember it from their younger days at home. Dry and toasty with fine bubbles and a yeasty finish.

 

L’Hereu de Raventos i Blanc Brut Cava $20.99 The Raventos family has been making Cava for centuries. The current generation produces this wine from all estate grown fruit. L’Hereu de Raventos i Blanc is made up of 60% Macabeo, 20% Xarel-lo, and 20% Parellada. The wine is dry, with fine bubbles, creamy texture and elegant complexity.

 

Privat Laietà Brut Nature Reserva Cava $29.99 This attractively packaged sparkling wine is back.  Laietà is a rare cava made from 100% Chardonnay fruit. Dry and leesy, this artisan Cava is similar in taste to french Champagne.

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New Wines For Spring

It’s time to dust off the picnic basket, charcoal grill and paella pan. With the advent of Easter, spring is in the air. That means time to enjoy Spanish meals and wine in the fresh air and sunshine.
In Spain, the Easter festivities are marked with colorful, magical processions making their way through the cobbled streets, and most notably, gastronomic Easter treats overfilling the tables with exquisite food, sweets and wine.
For instance, a Tarta de Santiago (a culinary delightful cake decorated with the sign of the cross) or Easter Week Fritters paired with a small glass of Oloroso sherry makes the perfect combination.  Such recipes can be found in Spain: Mediterranean Cuisine by Fabien Bellahsen and Daniel Rouche ($14.99).
For Easter and the arrival of warmer weather, new wines of every style, grape variety and nationality are arriving weekly. Fresh new white wines, mature aged red wines and a full range of dry to sweet fortified wines are hitting our shelves. This is an excellent time to sample the full depth and breadth of The Spanish Table wine collection.
Check out this sampling of our latest new arrivals for your table and picnic basket, and then come to our store to see the full selection of over 600 different wines from Spain, Portugal, Argentina and Chile. We look forward to showing you around and helping you fill your Easter table as they do in Spain.
(FYI, The Spanish Table will be closed on Sunday April 8th).

 

Amestoi 2006 $15.99 The first 2006  Spanish white wine to arrive in our store is the Amestoi Txakoli, made in the Basque region of northern Spain from the indigenous Hondaribbi Zuri grape. This is a dry, lightly spritzy wine you definitely want to experience at its freshest. Right now the fruit character is at its brightest and the effervescence is at its bubbliest.  This one goes down fast. I suggest buying at least two bottles at a time and serving it with light appetizers or shellfish.

 

Ostatu Blanco 2006 $12.99 The other early arrival for 2006 Spanish white wines is this bright, youthful white Rioja made from the Viura grape. Ostatu has high altitude Viura vineyards in Rioja Alavesa that produce fresh, clean youthful wines. Ostatu Blanco is produced without using oak barrels for fermentation and ageing, resulting in a leaner, livelier finished wine. Take this wine along on your next picnic and serve it with anything from a tuna sandwich to piquillo peppers filled with a salt cod mousse.

 

Avinyó Rosat Cava $19.99 Many of you are already familiar with the small production sparkling wine from Avinyó (Avinyó Brut Reserva). We just received our first shipment of their sparkling rosado. This pink bubbly is something quite special. It’s dry and leesy like the regular Avinyó cava, but it also has a bit of berry-like aroma to lend a hint of richness to the wine. This gets my vote for the best cocktail wine for spring entertaining. It is refreshing, accompanies a wide variety of appetizers and looks great in the glass.

 

Luberri Seis 2005 $14.99 A small production winemaker in Rioja who’s products we have enjoyed in past vintages is back with a new importer, all new labels and a handful of new wines. Luberri Seis is a joven (young) Rioja made from 100% Tempranillo from the Luberri estate vineyards in Elciego. This gentle, young wine, with its cherry-like fruit character is perfect for serving alongside a big paella.

 

Luberri Biga 2004 $16.99 Florentino Monje-Amestoy, the owner/winemaker at Luberri, is a very hands-on kind of guy. He started Luberri after having made wine at Artadi for many years. On any given day he can be found in the vineyards pruning vines, in the winery racking barrels and in the car driving between business meetings with distributors from around the world.

Biga is his Crianza Rioja that sees 12 months of barrel age and an additional 12 months of bottle age before release. This robust red displays oak aroma, dry tannins and pie cherry fruit character.  Serve it at your first-of-the-season cookout.

 

Altún Albiker 2006 $14.99 Bodegas Altún regularly wins prizes for the best Spanish red wine made using carbonic maceration (grapes are fermented in whole bunches prior to crushing). This young, gentle fruity wine is particularly refreshing and food friendly. Serve it cellar cool with grilled sausages or paella.

 

Beryna 2004 $14.99 Wines from D.O. Alicante are receiving more attention these days, due in part to wines like Beryna that offer an abundant, ripe, full-bodied style at very reasonable prices. This wine is a blend of mostly Monastrell (Mourvedre) with Syrah and a handful of others in the mix. Twelve months of barrel age adds tannic structure to the blend. Serve Beryna with hearty fare, from burgers on the grill to lentejas con chorizo.

 

Luca Malbec 2005 $33.99 This spectacular Argentine Malbec is dark as ink and full of ripe blackberry aroma, abundant fruit character and spicy background notes. What distinguishes this particular Malbec from many others is the fine balance of flavors that never veer into the over-ripe or the reductive. Serve this wine with spicy meat and/or vegetable stews (especially good with potatoes).

 

Luis Pato Vinhas Velhas 2003 $28.99 Luis Pato is one of the superstars of Portuguese winemaking. Several years ago he withdrew form the highly regulated D.O.C. Bairrada designation in favor of the more loosely regulated Vinho Regional Beiras demarcation. Vinhas Velhas 2003 is the first wine we have received since he changed the regional labels on his wines. The unique, spicy, earthy style he is famous for is still evident in the wine. The Vinhas Velhas 2003 is smoky and tannic. Black cherry fruit character gives way to notes of black olive and meat locker in the background.  This would be an excellent wine to serve with grilled skirt steak sliced and served over wilted bitter greens.

 

Hacienda Monasterio 2003 $42.99 Peter Sisseck of Pingus fame makes this dark colored and deeply flavorful D.O. Ribera del Duero wine. It is a perennial favorite that we receive limited quantities of once a year. We got just three cases of the 2003 vintage, which we do not expect to last long.  Steven Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar gave this wine 92 points, saying “Deep ruby. Explosive, sexy aromas of cherry, plum, incense, freshly ground coffee and succulent herbs. Focused and deep, with red and dark berry flavors complicated by candied violet, smoky bacon and cracked pepper. A ripe, weighty wine with a dense, chewy texture and compelling freshness, especially for the year. Finishes with a note of sweet cherry preserves, fine tannins and excellent length.”

 

Gran Barquero Fino $17.99

Gran Barquero Amontillado $22.99

Gran Barquero Oloroso $21.99

Gran Barquero Pedro Ximénez $23.99

In the hills of Andalucia, just south of Cordoba in D.O. Montilla-Moriles they make fortified wines using the Pedro Ximénez grape.  These wines share the same production techniques as Sherry from D.O. Jerez further south. We have just received a supply of wines from Bodegas Perez Barquero that are among the best wines made in this region. Gran Barquero Fino is pale straw colored, bracingly dry, lean and full of toasted almond aroma. Serve it chilled as an aperitif. Gran Barquero Amontillado is amber gold colored and redolent of butterscotch and toasted walnuts. Serve it with salty snacks and pureed soups.  Gran Barquero Oloroso is dark amber colored with light raisin-like sweetness. Serve it alongside a flan or other custard dessert.  Finally, Gran Barquero Pedro Ximénez is dark as motor oil and abundantly aromatic and sweet, with aromas and flavors of dried figs and molasses. Serve this wine as dessert along with a few butter cookies.

 

Viña Tondonia Blanco Gran Reserva 1964 $215.00

Viña Tondonia Gran Reserva 1968 $215.00

Viña Tondonia Gran Reserva 1973 $137.00

In D.O.C. Rioja the wines of R. Lopez de Heredia are the standard bearers of traditional winemaking practice. Produced only in exceptional vintages from all estate fruit, the Gran Reserva wines are aged by long slow barrel maturation over many years, with additional time in bottle (again, many years) before release. The current release for the Gran Reserva wines is 1981. The winery also releases limited quantities of older vintages, a few of which we just added to our small collection of Lopez de Heredia wines.

These are among the most unique wines you will find anywhere in Spain or elsewhere.  While they are expensive, they offer a truly rare glimpse of a style of winemaking that is fast disappearing from the wine world. 

Monica Nogues of Think Global Wines, the American importer of Lopez de Heredia, calls the Viña Tondonia Blanco Gran Reserva 1964 the “vintage of the century” for this mature blend of 85% Viura and 15% Malvasia. Amber gold in color, this wine displays oxidized aromas of linseed oil and beeswax. Herbal flavors of dill and tarragon blend with underlying golden raisin fruit character.  The red Viña Tondonia Gran Reserva wines from 1968 and 1973 are firmly structured and display surprisingly youthful tannins considering the relative age of the wines. The bright red berry fruit is buried down deep within the layers of oxidized, earthy, leathery and herbaceous flavors that reveal themselves one at a time as the wine breathes.

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