The $10,000 Cellar, Part Three

Topping off the cellar with Cabernet-based wines


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Lopez de Heredia

Similar in style in some ways to the wine of Clos Rougeard are the wines of the venerable Rioja estate Lopez de Heredia. With two flagship wines, each coming from a single vineyard with varying proportions of Tempranillo and Grenache, these are elegant, lithe and perfumed wines. What really sets them apart is their ages.

These two wines, the Tondonia Gran Reserva and the Bosconia Gran Reserva, spend a long time in barrel and bottle at the winery. How long? The current releases are from the 1991 vintage, a particularly fine year, and 1994s are creeping into some shelves. No doubt these are idiosyncratic wines, but when they shine, as they usually do after about 30 years, they are absolutely compelling examples of traditional Rioja.

Bosconia Gran Reserva $90

Tondonia Gran Reserva $90

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    Apr 18, 2012 at 4:23 PM

  • Snooth User: wine o200
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    Just trying a Tardieu Laurent 1997 Bandol at the moment, yes rustic, but those tannins are fine and dusty now. Should go with the lamb strips, capsicum , tomato, caramellised onion and bonconcini, or perhaps one of your right bank Bordeaux might fit the bill.

    Apr 20, 2012 at 9:09 AM

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