Written By Treve Ring Libations / White Wine Mar 14, 2011 Vina Tondonia Rioja Reserva Blanco 1992 SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestR. López de HerediaRioja, Spain $56-60 +633578 available at BC Liquor Stores & private liquor stores www.tondonia.comWhen was the last time you picked up a bottle off the liquor store shelves that was nearly 2 decades old? And under $60? And incredibly rich, textured and delicious?Yup – today sounds like a good day for all of that.Over 130 years of winemaking tradition have gone into the wines of Rioja’s Vina Tondonia. Old vines, low yields, minimal handling, estate fruit, local grapes and the practice of cellaring wines for lengthy periods before release are all part of their philosophy. This white Rioja for example – matured for 7 years in cask, and another 14 in bottle. This blend of 90% Viura and 10% Malvasia is burnished golden with age, but still vibrant in flavour. Gracious cider apple, beeswax and mild almond bouquet. Lean and elegant on the palate, but rich with woven and developed flavours of honey, bitter almond, lemon peel, mellow marmalade, dried quince and minerality. The acid is almost pulsating, it’s so bright and alive, and the finish runs beyond count. This wine is a glorious treat – and – you can buy it on the shelf RIGHT NOW. This is the current release. If you haven’t tasted a lot of older wines, especially very well made, classic wines, here’s your chance. When you think about how long it’s been cellared, the tender care with which it’s been treated, and how old you were in 1992, this wine is a steal at $56.The wire cage over the seal and cork was originally adopted as an anti-fraud measure, so unscrupulous merchants couldn’t refill expensive bottles with cheap plonk.*Since the Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival starts in two short weeks, and Spain is the theme region, DRINK will be profiling exclusively Spanish wines in the weeks leading up to the festival. Watch for tweets, postings, photos, tasting notes and features posted from the week-long festival. There are still tickets available to some events – and as one of the top wine festivals in the world, this is an opportunity you don’t want to miss. Ciao!Rating: (click here to see what our wine ratings mean) EATrecommendsVina Tondonia Rioja Reserva Blanco 1992This blend of 90% Viura and 10% Malvasia has been matured for 7 years in cask and another 14 in bottle, and is burnished golden with age, but still vibrant in flavour. Gracious cider apple, beeswax and mild almond bouquet. Lean and elegant on the palate, but rich with woven and developed flavours of honey, bitter almond, lemon peel, mellow marmalade, dried quince and minerality. The acid is almost pulsating, it’s so bright and alive, and the finish runs beyond count. This wine is a glorious treat.SpainWhite WineWine Reviews SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Treve Ring Treve Ring is a wine writer, editor, judge, consultant and certified sommelier, and has been with EAT Magazine for over a decade. In addition to her work with EAT, she is a Wine Critic and National Judge for WineAlign, ... Read More You may also like Beer & Cider / Events / Victoria March 1, 2018 Victoria Beer Week launches its fifth year this weekend Victoria is once again readying itself to host the fifth annual Victoria Beer Week. As locals and beer geeks alike wet their palates for special ... Read More Coffee & Tea / Victoria December 18, 2017 Level Ground Trading Moves Up to New State-of-the-Art Headquarters Victoria, BC – Level Ground Trading, Victoria’s Fair Trade pioneer, is moving from their current location in Central Saanich, to a larger ... Read More Victoria / Wine Events October 5, 2017 Crush ~ A Fine Wine Affair, Sunday, October 22, 2017 “A Benefit for The Belfry Theatre at the Inn at Laurel Point” The Belfry Theatre’s annual fine wine auction returns to the Inn ... Read More Wine Events May 17, 2017 Coast to Coast – Ontario & Nova Scotia Wines Shined at the Vancouver Wine Festival. At the Vancouver Wine Festival 2017 only six attendees at a standing room only Coast to Coast media and trade seminar who, when asked if anyone had ... Read More Fortified Wine April 28, 2017 Madeira: intense, indestructible… and overlooked What comes to mind when you hear “Madeira wine “? If anything, it’s likely to be a dusty bottle sitting alongside the Marsala, balsamic vinegar ... Read More Okanagan / Wine Festivals March 22, 2017 Canada 150: The Purity and Diversity of BC Wines The 2017 Vancouver International Wine Festival celebrated Canada’s 150th anniversary with Canadian wines at the core. Punters lined up for a taste ... Read More Comments are closed.