Had a Glass: 2001 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia

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He says: It’s a decent wine, but probably not the best Tempranillo I’ve ever tried.

She says: It was enjoyable but it did not blow me away as other aged Rioja’s have done in the past.

Had a Glass: 1992 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia

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He says: …unique and something that every wine lover should taste and experience, even if you end up saying it’s not your cup of tea.

She says: I am happy to leave this one to the wine geeks.

2009 Marqués de Cáceres Rioja Rosado

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She says: Could easily drink a bottle on a sunny afternoon… if only we still had some sunshine to come… wishful thinking?

He says: A decent Rosé for $15. I liked the simple fruit-forward nose/palate, with some hints of cream soda both in smell and texture.

Wine truths

“A hard drinker, being at the table, was offered grapes for dessert. 'Thank you,' said he, pushing the dish away from him, 'but I am not in the habit of taking my wine in pills.'”
by Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

Wine Ratings

★☆☆☆☆ - Poor quality. Avoid. Save your money. Between 80-84 points.

★★☆☆☆ - Average quality or poor value. Between 84-88 points. Some expensive wines are downgraded for bad value.

★★★☆☆ - Good. Between 88-92 points. Or a good value on the lower end of the point scale.

★★★☆☆ - Excellent quality. Between 92-96 points. Or a cheap yet good quality wine which is excellent value.

★★★☆☆ - Outstanding, best examples in the world. Between 96 and 100 points. A perfect wine.