R. Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Reserva 2000

Looking over my notes from the end of last year is not jogging too many memories. It all seems a blur. In any case, I'm sure they were all lovely. Except for the rubbish ones.

Soft, rusted red with the beginnings of garnet on the rim.

Roast herbs and caramel with perfumed strawberries and black pepper.

Again, very cold. This brings out kind of a strawberry iced tea aspect that isn't unpleasant, but it's certainly isn't what it should be. Remember, kids, always serve your wine at the proper temperature. A bit of warmth brings out subtleties of texture and the brightness of tart strawberries. This is juicy and soft, with gentle, curbed tannins (though with enough grip to make it interesting). Orange rind and cloves pepper the edges. Long and gentle on the finish.


Tasted 30/12/2010 at Luvians Bottleshop