Lopez de Heredia Tondonia Rosado 2000, Spain

Tondonia Rosado 2000 by mengteck
Tondonia Rosado 2000, a photo by mengteck on Flickr.

You will either love or hate this wine. And I don’t think there’s a middle ground here. For me, if there’s only one rose I will bring to my grave, it’ll have to be Heredia’s rendition of the summer’s drink. But is it really a quaffer? I don’t think so. This wine will get you to think as a winegrower. Probably the only last remaining rose fermented in barrels, and aged for so long before release. A 2000 vintage rose, in case you haven’t noticed.


7 thoughts on “Lopez de Heredia Tondonia Rosado 2000, Spain

  1. So, now we can say good wine dont really need color and fruit tannin. Most important is quality fruit!


  2. Hahahaa. I’m afraid I’ll have to disagree with you Vic. Good wines need good quality fruit, which also translates into grapes which are capable of giving good colour and tannin structure, among other things 🙂

  3. Ya but this Rose which has so little color and fruit tannin can accomodate such heavy oak and age so well! I am really impressed!

  4. It actually has very good texture, a very bright salmon-reddish-orange colour and a good grip on tannins for a rose. Try one and you’ll know what i mean. It is in a class of its own when it comes to rose wines and definitely a lot more sherry-like.

  5. I can imagine the color, the texture and the sherry flavor. Exactly the wine that i would like to try, interesting! I guess most of the tannin is derived from the barrel. Definitely will try to get one but should be hard to find in China. What do you think is the drinking window?

  6. While it is true that tannins are derived from oak barrels, these were fermented and aged in old wood – so theoretically, the extraction is pretty little, and pretty slow. You hardly smell wood in the rose, and the only thing that gave it away is the touch of cream on the palate. I wouldn’t keep this for very long as they tend to fall apart quite easily the moment they are out of the barrels. Some people do keep them for educational purposes. On the other hand, their reds (Tondonia and Bosconia) are worth cellaring.

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