R. LOPEZ DE HEREDIA 2001 'VINA TONDONIA' GRAN RESERVA
A stunning and absolutely classic aged Rioja from one of the region's most legendary producers. For centuries, Lopez de Heredia has been farming Tempranillo in the heart of Spain's most famous wine country. The grapes in their 2001 Gran Reserva spent nearly ten years in the cellar before release, continuing the Lopez de Heredia tradition of extensive aging, which allows us to enjoy wines that are complex and pretty much unparalleled in the United States. This 2001 Gran Reserva is savory and complex, with notes of leather, dried herbs, tea, sandy earth, and hints of coconut plus red currant and cranberry tones. It is a dream to drink from the moment the cork is pulled. With 20 years under its belt, this has all the soft fruit tones and velvet tannins a wine lover's dreams are made of - especially if you give it a quick decant.