2011 Lopez de Heredia Vina Gravonia Blanco (750ml)

Macabeo from Rioja, Spain

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Lovers of true Rioja – the classics, made by producers with a deep respect for history – have no substitute for the wines of Lopez de Heredia, the very essence of tradition. Of all the folks I visited on my tour across Spain last summer, I felt most at home upon my arrival to Haro, witnessing again those unforgettable ancient buildings, adjacent to that stunning display of modern architecture. My time there is never long enough; I could spend a month there tasting through their cellars.

You know the story well – the rich history – of this 19th century estate. Founded in 1877, very little has changed. Traditional varietals are their hallmark, sourced exclusively from estate-owned vineyards. Recognized the world over – Cubillo, Bosconia, Tondonia and Zaconia – each site is perched a thousand feet above sea level, old vines abound. Deep in their ancient cellars, fermentation is performed in 140+ year-old, massive oak barrels. Never tampered with from one year's fermentation to the next, these well-seasoned vessels carry forward the very history of each preceding harvest.

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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. Drink or hold.

95 points, James Suckling (Jul 2019)

The white that will be sold from October or November 2019, the 2011 Viña Gravonia Blanco comes from a warmer year with very low yields, and the wine is already showing some tertiary notes, with very subtle diesel-like hints. The palate is bone dry with some nutty undertones and a salty/bitter finish. These are whites for food. 18,667 bottles were filled in November 2016, at the same time as the 2010, which means this had a shorter élevage (probably the sign of a slightly weaker year).

94 points, Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate (Issue # 243 - Jun 2019)

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