1998 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia (Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alta, Rioja)

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La Rioja, La Rioja Alta, Red Wine, Rioja, Spain, Tempranillo

Ruby to carmine red color. Almost port-like nose with some raisins and spices. Medium bodied with great dryness and bracing acidity. Plum and rec currants with some very subtle leather. Finishes long and earthy/leafy. Reminds me a little of good burgundy or recent bottles of Montevertine, but much better than Montevertine…just in a similar style. Will be best for old world fans. New world fans will find this too thin and insipid. This wine is not about the fruit. It’s all about texture and tertiary qualities.

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I am not a professional wine taster, nor do I have any professional training in the wine trade. I am a wine enthusiast who has spent countless hours tasting wines of many different styles. My palate is not aligned with a single wine critic, and I call all wines "as I taste them". My site is a source of tasting notes and wine recommendations as well as warnings without conflict of interest. You'll just have to figure out how your palate aligns with mine. My palate generally tends to veer towards Old-World wines that put a premium on terroir and lovely balance and finesse, rather than raw power...please keep that in mind as you read my notes.

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