Sunday, December 26, 2010

Christmas Wines

1) Txomin Etxaniz Eugenia (Sparkling Txakoli)
Carried back from Getaria, Spain in 2009 - as you'd expect from a Txakoli, it was bright, crisp, minerally - fun with bubbles - fine bubbles - not overly complex, but interesting nonetheless.


2) R. Lopez de Heredia 2000 Gran Reserva Vina Tondonia Rosado (Rioja)
One favorite producers - an amazing rose, just perfect with tapas, cheese, meats, fish. Complex, salmon colored, some sherried component, nutty, bright, beautiful texture.


3) R. Lopez de Heredia 1987 Gran Reserva Vina Tondonia Red (Rioja)
Opened up pretty tightly wound, not expressive, thin, awkward, but after a little while in the decanter and the glass, it started to sing. truffle, mushroom, earthiness, sweet raspberry fruit, elegant. Just brilliant.

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