2008 Lopez de Heredia Vina Gravonia Blanco, Rioja (750ml)

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# ESLHVI08AE
Country: Spain
Region: Rioja
Grape Varietal: Macabeo
Review Score: 94WA, 93RAS
Alcohol By Volume: 12.5%
B-21 Top Recommendation: Read More

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The first white I tasted was the 2008 Viña Gravonia Blanco, a true bargain traditional oak-aged Rioja from very old Viura vines (90 years old!) on gravel soils. 2008 was a healthy vintage, which resulted in a slightly smaller crop than 2007, and the white grapes were picked starting on October 9th. They have never added yeasts to their wines, and this fermented in centenary oak vats and matured in used barriques for four years. It was bottled unfiltered. It has the right balance between youth and freshness and the more-developed aromas. The notes of dried flowers, honey, nuts and petrol are intermixed with aromas of quince, medlar and other yellow fruit, with hints of saffron and spices, quite developed. The palate is very tasty, and it ends with a salty finish. This is a cool vintage, where the wines show very good freshness. They do their blends to achieve a homogeneous style that shows the fresh and mineral character of the Gravonia vineyard. Year in, year out, this is one of the greatest bargains in Rioja and Spain. They produced some 17,800 bottles, which were filled in November 2013.

94 points, Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate (Issue # 235 - Feb 2018)

Just released. Tertiary aromatics; apiary, filbert, and Halloween scents confuse and captivate. Vibrant acidity insures this will endure. Traditional whites of Rioja, bit of a time warp but a wonderful respite.

93 points, Bob Sprentall, B-21 Proprietor (Feb 2018)