2006 Rioja Tinto Reserva "Vina Tondonia" (Lopez de Heredia)
Lopez de Heredia, Viña Tondonia Red Reserva, Rioja, Spain 200675% Tempranillo, 15% Garnacho, 5% Mazuelo, 5% Graciano DRIED CHERRY & CASSIS, LEATHERY SPICE, SUMPTUOUS CACAO & WAXY RICHNESS An ultimate example of traditional Rioja Reserva (albeit one which is actually aged more extensively than most Gran Reservas), this wine is aged for six years in giant casks of American oak (and a subsequent six in bottle) and is the current release from this iconic Rioja Alta estate. With dark fruit character and mysterious, leathery, chocolatey, oaken spice, this tantalizing tinto is truly a piece of Riojan history and a rare opportunity to taste a wine which hails (figuratively and quite literally) from another time. Serving Suggestion: Braised pork shoulder. Chorizo! Roncal! Crostini and lardo!!!