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    DaleW Guest

    Default TN: my favorite wacky Rose

    So last night Betsy made hake with a salsa verde (with peas) while I
    made a dish of "broccoflower" with pimenton. Both vaguely Spanish,
    went downstairs for a cava, couldn't find, decided to go off into left
    field with the 1998 Lopez de Heredia Tondonia Rioja Rosado. Betsy in
    her usual perceptive if not geeky way quickly exclaimed "hey, it
    smells old on nose but tastes young." Nose is slightly sherried, with
    dried flowers, earth, and orange zest. Palate has good acidity,
    flavors of blood oranges and watermelon. With time fruit expands, with
    a little nutty note in background. Nice wine, though I'd give the edge
    to the '97 or '93 over this. Idiosyncratic wine- whether you liked or
    not would depend on tastes, but no one would call it the "same old
    same old." B+

    Grade disclaimer: I'm a very easy grader, basically A is an excellent
    wine, B a good wine, C mediocre. Anything below C means I wouldn't
    drink at a party where it was only choice. Furthermore, I offer no
    promises of objectivity, accuracy, and certainly not of consistency.*

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    Ed Rasimus Guest

    Default Re: TN: my favorite wacky Rose

    On Fri, 11 Sep 2009 08:02:40 -0700 (PDT), DaleW <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >So last night Betsy made hake with a salsa verde (with peas) while I
    >made a dish of "broccoflower" with pimenton. Both vaguely Spanish,
    >went downstairs for a cava, couldn't find, decided to go off into left
    >field with the 1998 Lopez de Heredia Tondonia Rioja Rosado. Betsy in
    >her usual perceptive if not geeky way quickly exclaimed "hey, it
    >smells old on nose but tastes young." Nose is slightly sherried, with
    >dried flowers, earth, and orange zest. Palate has good acidity,
    >flavors of blood oranges and watermelon. With time fruit expands, with
    >a little nutty note in background. Nice wine, though I'd give the edge
    >to the '97 or '93 over this. Idiosyncratic wine- whether you liked or
    >not would depend on tastes, but no one would call it the "same old
    >same old." B+
    >


    Thirty years ago when I was living in Spain, Lopez de Heredia Tondonia
    was my hands down favorite--in reds. Never saw a rosado in those
    years. They must have expanded their line.

    I wish I could find a source in the hinterland.
    Ed Rasimus
    Fighter Pilot (USAF-Ret)
    www.thundertales.blogspot.com
    www.thunderchief.org

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    DaleW Guest

    Default Re: TN: my favorite wacky Rose

    On Sep 12, 12:39*pm, Ed Rasimus <rasimusSPAML...@verizon.net> wrote:
    > On Fri, 11 Sep 2009 08:02:40 -0700 (PDT), DaleW <Dwmi...@aol.com>
    > wrote:
    >
    > >So last night Betsy made hake with a salsa verde (with peas) while I
    > >made a dish of "broccoflower" with pimenton. *Both vaguely Spanish,
    > >went downstairs for a cava, couldn't find, decided to go off into left
    > >field with the 1998 Lopez de Heredia Tondonia Rioja Rosado. Betsy in
    > >her usual perceptive if not geeky way quickly exclaimed "hey, it
    > >smells old on nose but tastes young." Nose is slightly sherried, with
    > >dried flowers, earth, and orange zest. Palate has good acidity,
    > >flavors of blood oranges and watermelon. With time fruit expands, with
    > >a little nutty note in background. Nice wine, though I'd give the edge
    > >to the '97 or '93 over this. *Idiosyncratic wine- whether you liked or
    > >not would depend on tastes, but no one would call it the "same old
    > >same old." *B+

    >
    > Thirty years ago when I was living in Spain, Lopez de Heredia Tondonia
    > was my hands down favorite--in reds. Never saw a rosado in those
    > years. They must have expanded their line.
    >
    > I wish I could find a source in the hinterland.
    > Ed Rasimus
    > Fighter Pilot (USAF-Ret)http://www.thundertales.blogspot.com...underchief.org


    Ed, welcome back.
    The oldest LdH rosado I've seen is the 87, not sure when they started
    (the 98 is the new release, by the way- this is not "fresh drink
    young" rose). I've had reds and whites back to the 60s in the last few
    years, they are incredibly ageworthy wines.

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