- Vina Tondonia Rioja Reserva 2003 Product #30559 (In Stock)
An old-school Rioja classic for lamb or rich stews.
"Bright ruby-red. Ripe cherry, vanilla and floral pastilles on the smoky, oak-spiced nose. Sweet and supple on the palate, offering pliant red fruit and spicecake flavors with suave mocha and vanilla bean nuances. Quite lively and fresh for a wine from a hot vintage, and showing no excess fat. Finishes sweet, toasty and very long, with smooth tannins making a late appearance." Vinous (Reynolds) 92 points
"From one of the warmest summers in recent history, the 2003 Viña Tondonia Reserva might not show that much heat as María José López de Heredia, this is a Viña Tondonia 6º año, a wine matured for six years and always a blend of grape varieties and vintages. It is legally possible to have up to 15% of wine from a different vintage as the one shown on the label. She says their wines do not vary that much from vintage to vintage because of this. The house blend is around 70% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacho (notice the masculine use of Garnacha), 5% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo fermented in old (up to 140 years old) oak vats with natural yeasts ("we have never added any yeasts" was her answer). The wine has a canonical 12.5% alcohol and 6.5 grams of acidity. It matured in (used) barrels for six years and was bottled unfiltered. Even if they want to avoid the imprint from the vintage, it's impossible to erase the effect of the torrid 2003. The wine is less Tondonia than the 2004, and the fruit is more obvious and forward. The palate is fuller than your average vintage, juicy and ripe. An approachable Tondonia Reserva to drink on the younger side."Wine Advocate 90 points
- Eric Rodez Empreinte De Terroir 2003 Chardonnay Product #30334 (In Stock)
Eric's Empreinte De Terroir series is designed to showcase the unique character of his Grand Cru Ambonnay vineyard in a single vintage - in this case, the warm 2003 harvest. From nearly 50 year-old vines, it is 100% barrel fermented and aged and spends 10 years on the lees before disgorgement with just 2 g/l dossage.
Complex and evolved aromas of brioche, toast, grilled nuts, and dried honey lead to a bone dry wine with swirling, hard-to-describe, flavors. Dried flowers and apples, more toast and nuts, and a touch of fresh herb honey are all here in a rich wines with a bright, energetic, wine that lingers forever. A wine to contemplate or pair with rich seafood dishes. Very rare and limited.
- Eric Rodez Empreinte De Terroir 2003 Pinot Noir Product #30335 (In Stock)
Eric's Empreinte De Terroir series is designed to showcase the unique character of his Grand Cru Ambonnay vineyard in a single vintage - in this case, the warm 2003 harvest. From 30 year-old Pinot Noir vines, it is 100% barrel fermented and aged and spends 8 years on the lees before disgorgement with just 2 g/l dossage.
The 2003 shows a copper-tinged color with extremely fine bubbles. Aromas of cherries, red flowers, and toast explode from the glass. In the mouth it’s extremely deep, rich, and robust with complex flavors of red fruits, graphite and baked bread. The flavors drive to a seemingly endless finish as hints of red raspberry and toast linger. While fascinating to drink on its own, this would pair wonderfully with duck or any dish featuring wild mushrooms. This will just get better in cellar over the next decade or so.