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2011 Lopez de Heredia Rioja Vina Gravonia Blanco

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April 21, 2024 - $83



95James Suckling

A gently flinty edge to the toasted almonds and praline, as well as burnt-toffee aromas here. The fruit is subdued, behind the savory aromas. Some grapefruit and lemon in the mix. On the palate, this has a very fresh, lively and sapid feel with mouthwatering acidity, holding long, fresh grilled-almond flavors, as well as lemon rind. Fino-like freshness to close.

94The Wine Advocate

...tertiary notes, with very subtle diesel-like hints...palate is bone dry with some nutty undertones and a salty/bitter finish.

93Vinous / IWC

Salty, mineral-tinged aromas of pear and peach nectar, beeswax, nougat and toasted nuts pick up a floral accent as the wine opens up. Chewy and focused on the palate, offering lemon pith, dried pear, honey and fennel flavors that deepen through the midpalate. Smoothly plays depth off energy and finishes long and chewy, with a touch of spicy ginger and a suggestion of chamomile.

17Jancis Robinson

Very rich, heady, waxy nose with lots of toasty freshness too... Long and stimulating...certain green sourness on the finish...


Spain, Rioja

Rioja Demoninación de Origine Calificada is Spain’s most important wine region. Located in northern Spain, it comprises 135,000 vineyard acres and was the first official appellation in Spain, earning its official DO status in 1926. In 1991 it became Spain’s first DOCa, Spain’s most prestigious appellation category. The DOCa is divided into three subzones: La Rioja Alavesa in the northeast; La Rioja Alta in the southwest; and La Rioja Baja in the east. About 75 percent of Rioja wines are reds, with Tempranillo the predominant grape. Garnacha (Grenache), Mazuelo (Carignan) and Graciano, a spicy, high-acidity red grape, are also allowed. White wines are made from Macabeo, Garnacha Blanca and Malvasia. Wines were made in this region well before the Romans arrived, though the Romans then the medieval monks refined vineyard management and wine production. In the 19th century French families migrated to Rioja after phylloxera wiped out their vineyards, and the French helped establish the tradition of wine blends, still part of Rioja winemaking. According to the rules for the appellation, a wine labelled a simple Rioja can spend less than a year in an oak aging barrel. A Criziana is aged for at least two years, one in oak. Rioja Reserva is aged at least three years, with at least one in oak. A Rioja Gran Reserva must be aged at least five years, with two years in oak.