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Viña Gravonia Blanco Crianza 2014

Viña Gravonia Blanco Crianza

2014
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Spec sheet

TypeWhite wine
Region
Grapes
Producer
AllergensContains sulfites
Alcohol contenti12.5%
Production21,500 bottles

The wine

López de Heredia - Viña Tondonia is particularly well-known and admired for its white wines, and Viña Gravonia is a very good option for getting to know its good work, a first step, and obviously much more affordable and accessible.

Just its appearance, its colour, demonstrates clearly this winery’s exceptional work as true masters in the art of ageing wine: notice how little this white has been evolving; aged for four years in American oak barrels, with a long maturation in bottle until now, and yet it appears a lovely gold colour without evolution.

Viña Gravonia is the house's most modest wine but its complexity is quite remarkable. The first impression on the nose is one of maturity and moisture: wet stones, sea breezes, gentle whiffs of iodine, which come as a surprise to anyone accustomed to lighter, younger whites, but which immediately captivates lovers of mature, complex whites. Swirling it round a little, straightaway it offers a blend of fresh, citrus aromas, with lactic notes (cheese) and ripe fruits, of ripe pear skin and lime blossom tea, with a very pleasant freshness once it becomes still in the glass.

It is dry on the palate: don't expect a sweetish wine with this sort of maturity; its acidity is extraordinary and will enable it to continue evolving over time. The notes suggesting moisture and other aromas discerned on the nose are repeated now on the palate: evolved fruit, raw almonds and notes reminding us of cheese. It is an easy wine to drink, fluid, medium-bodied, a perfect companion for aperitifs and less complex dishes, mushrooms, full-fat cheeses and any mild dish combining these ingredients. Tondonia white wines relate extremely well to food and should be served at virtually the temperature of a red, remember: at about 14-16 degrees, or you will miss out on all its richness!

What does this wine taste like?

Light
Bold
Smooth
Tannic
Dry
Sweet
Soft
Acidic
View
Pale gold / Iodine tones
Bouquet
Mature / ripe / Saline / Damp stone / Lactic notes / Pear / Camomile
Mouth
Ripe / Complex / Dry

Drinking and storing

Serve between 14ºC and 16ºC

Food pairing

Olives / Wild mushrooms / Soft full-fat cheeses / Spaghetti carbonara / Potatoes with monkfish / Potato omelette / Pasta with cheese

Ratings and awards

201393 PK96 SK
201295 PK17+ JR94 SK
201194 PK17 JR93 PN95 SK
201095 PK17 JR95 SK
200993 PK17.5 JR94 SK
200894 PK17.5 JR94 SK
PK: ParkerJR: Jancis robinsonPN: PeñínSK: Suckling

Wine critics reviewsReviews by Parker and Jancis Robinson

The 2013 Viña Gravonia Blanco comes from a rainy, cool and challenging vintage when the grapes didn't reach the perfect ripeness the 2012 (that I tasted next to it) displayed. It has citrus notes (orange peel, yuzu) and an herbal twist, balsamic with the unmistakably white López de Heredia aroma of mushrooms that you smell as soon as you enter their ancient cellars. It's quite pale, and the palate is sharp and austere, quite light but with the pungent flavors and a long and tasty finish. This is a relatively simple wine, especially when compared with the others. 18,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in September 2018 after four years in American barrels.

— Luis Gutiérrez (30/10/2020)Robert Parker Wine Advocate Vintage 2013 - 93 PARKER

Pale gold. Open aromas that characterise this long-barrel-aged white: fresh cedary notes, along with an intense aroma of green fruits and citrus and just the beginnings of the character found on the two previous vintages recently tasted – beeswax and honey but no sense of sweetness, of course. Seems fresher than both the 2010 and 2011 with a beautifully clean and still complex palate of taut citrus – lemon and lime – and cedar, freshly felled trees, and a little hint of sour citrus on the finish. Fills the mouth in a way you would not expect at 12.5% alcohol, with the generosity and roundness that I suspect comes more from the barrel than the fruit, although the harvest was late and volume on the low side, which might have added to the richness. Mouth-watering and persistent – the acidity vibrant (and harmonious), suggesting it will age even longer than the 2011. Less obviously oaky on the palate than the 2011. Long, lemon-lime aftertaste. Still very youthful and vibrant for a 9-year-old.

— Julia Harding (24/05/2021)JancisRobinson.com Vintage 2012 - 17+ JANCIS ROBINSON

Customer reviews

4.7/5
35 reviews
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Winemaking

Ageing period48 months
Barrel ageUsed
Type of woodAmerican oak
Clarification and filtrationUnfiltered

Vineyards

Viña Zaconia

SoilCalcareous-clay / Stony
ClimateAtlantic
Surface area24.00 hectares

The winery

Bodegas R. López de Heredia

Bodegas R. López de Heredia

R. López de Heredia (Viña Tondonia) is one of the names which inspires most respect and admiration with regard to wineries producing "fine wine". It is, moreover, the oldest winery in the emblematic town of Haro and one of the first three set up in La Rioja.

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