2000 Heredia Vina Tondonia Gran Reserva
“The best kind of wine is that which is most pleasant to him who drinks it.”
---- Pliny the Elder
I like the grapes: Tempranillo (30%), Garnacho a.k.a. Grenache (60%) and Viura (10%). Vina Tondonia is a rose and it’s summer: good time for a rose. The wine has character. It is not bland as are many rose wines. No, this wine presents as wine, neither washed out nor as a sweet soft drink. Parker gives it 90 points. And while we can debate the merits of the point system until boxed wine becomes haute, I think we’d all agree that a 90 point score is not the equivalent of a “C” grade. The rating from International Wine Cellar was 91 points.
All which brings us back to Pliny and the open-mindedness of his position.