Monday, February 22, 2016
While the color appeared oxidized the nose was not, but it was distinctly different. There were notes of light caramel, vanilla and Macadamia nuts, but fruit was missing. The taste was about walnuts, not too sweet honey, and ripe pears. The acidity was great and this wine lasted three days without a suggestion of fading. It was great with Serano ham, olives, and mussels in a paprika and saffron laced, spicy mayonnaise.
The wine is a blend of 90% Viura and 10& Malvasia. The search is on for more.
1996 Vina Tondonia Reserva from R. Lopez de Heredia. 12.5% alcohol and $24 when originally purchased.