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95 points Luis Gutiérrez (Wine Advocate): The 2005 Viña Tondonia Blanco Reserva is a fine and elegant wine inspired by the vineyards of Graves in Bordeaux. 2005 was an excellent vintage, when 154 hectares of vineyards from the 170 they own were in production. The grapes were picked before the rains… ...
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Lopez de Heredia Rioja Blanco Vina Tondonia Reserva 2005  (#332906)

Other White Blends from Rioja, Spain

[ 95 points Luis Gutiérrez (Wine Advocate): The 2005 Viña Tondonia Blanco Reserva is a fine and elegant wine inspired by the vineyards of Graves in Bordeaux. 2005 was an excellent vintage, when 154 hectares of vineyards from the 170 they own were in production. The grapes were picked before the rains of October 12th. This is mostly Viura (Macabeo), but it always contains some 10% Malvasía Riojana, and the white varieties are always planted on whiter, limestone-rich soils. It matured in used oak barriques for six years before bottling. María José and Mercedes López de Heredia told me their Viura, with the low yields they get (often 2,000 kilograms per hectare), shows less of the vintage differences, and even in torrid years like 2003, the wines do not show heat. It's very interesting comparing this with the Gravonia from 2008, as this showed higher ripeness and a lot more developed aromas, nuttier with hints of hay and straw, honey and also chamomile and dried flowers. But the oak is never obvious in the wine, it only adds spiciness but no wood aromas. 2005 was also a warmer, riper and more powerful vintage, which shows more in the palate, which is round and powerful with pungent flavors. 20,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in May 2013 over two consecutive days. Drink: 2018-2030. (Feb 2018) ] 95 points Luis Gutiérrez (Wine Advocate): The 2005 Viña Tondonia Blanco Reserva is a fine and elegant wine inspired by the vineyards of Graves in Bordeaux. 2005 was an excellent vintage, when 154 hectares of vineyards from the 170 they own were in…

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96 points James Suckling: A staggering range of aromas, from dried mango and papaya through toasted nuts to dried flowers. Powerful and concentrated, but not at all fat, this has a stunning texture, due to the interplay of tannins and richness. Very long, intense finish. Drink or hold. (8/2/18) ...
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Lopez de Heredia Rioja Vina Tondonia Reserva 2005  (#701718)

Tempranillo/Tinto Fino from Rioja, Spain

[ 96 points James Suckling: A staggering range of aromas, from dried mango and papaya through toasted nuts to dried flowers. Powerful and concentrated, but not at all fat, this has a stunning texture, due to the interplay of tannins and richness. Very long, intense finish. Drink or hold. (8/2/18) ] 96 points James Suckling: A staggering range of aromas, from dried mango and papaya through toasted nuts to dried flowers. Powerful and concentrated, but not at all fat, this has a stunning texture, due to the interplay of tannins and richness. Very…

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98 points James Suckling: This has a fantastic finish with so much going on. Unique aromas of dark fruit with shell and hot-stone undertones. Full-bodied, yet poised and focused with firm and silky tannins and a long and beautiful finish. This is one of the best ever from here. Drink or hold. (8/2… ...
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Roda Rioja Roda I Reserva 2005  (#701815)

Tempranillo/Tinto Fino from Rioja, Spain

[ 98 points James Suckling: This has a fantastic finish with so much going on. Unique aromas of dark fruit with shell and hot-stone undertones. Full-bodied, yet poised and focused with firm and silky tannins and a long and beautiful finish. This is one of the best ever from here. Drink or hold. (8/2/18) ] 98 points James Suckling: This has a fantastic finish with so much going on. Unique aromas of dark fruit with shell and hot-stone undertones. Full-bodied, yet poised and focused with firm and silky tannins and a long and beautiful finish. This is one…

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95 points Wine Spectator: Very sleek and refined, but with loads in reserve, this shows layers of mocha, espresso, bittersweet coffee, mineral and currant paste all framed by dense but supper supple tannins. Beautifully rendered, and the best vintage yet for this winery's flagship wine. Best 2009… ...
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Montes Alpha M Santa Cruz Colchagua Valley 2005  (#301460)

Other Red Blends from Colchagua Valley, Central Valley, Chile

[ 95 points Wine Spectator: Very sleek and refined, but with loads in reserve, this shows layers of mocha, espresso, bittersweet coffee, mineral and currant paste all framed by dense but supper supple tannins. Beautifully rendered, and the best vintage yet for this winery's flagship wine. Best 2009-2015. ] 95 points Wine Spectator: Very sleek and refined, but with loads in reserve, this shows layers of mocha, espresso, bittersweet coffee, mineral and currant paste all framed by dense but supper supple tannins. Beautifully rendered, and the best vintage…

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92 points and 'Cellar Selection,' Wine Enthusiast: Dark in color, this wine has sold tannins over rich mint and black plum fruits. The structure is firm, but the whole wine has enough richness to sustain the dry core and to offer 4-5 years aging. Alcohol 13.5%. (Jun 2010) ...
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La Garde Pessac-Leognan 2005  (#303015)

Cabernet/Bordeaux Blends from Pessac-Léognan, Left Bank, Bordeaux, France

[ 92 points and 'Cellar Selection,' Wine Enthusiast: Dark in color, this wine has sold tannins over rich mint and black plum fruits. The structure is firm, but the whole wine has enough richness to sustain the dry core and to offer 4-5 years aging. Alcohol 13.5%. (Jun 2010) ] 92 points and 'Cellar Selection,' Wine Enthusiast: Dark in color, this wine has sold tannins over rich mint and black plum fruits. The structure is firm, but the whole wine has enough richness to sustain the dry core and to offer 4-5 years aging.…

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100% Chardonnay (80% Mesnil-sur-Oger, 20% Bouzy). 5g/L dosage. Production: 4,800 bottles. The 2005 vintage had perfect weather conditions, with a hot summer, low rainfall, and good weather during harvest that had low nighttime temperatures allowing for both good sugard content and acidity. ...
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Clouet/Andre Brut Champagne Dream Vintage Grand Cru 2005  (#331143)

Vintage Sparkling Wine from Montagne de Reims, Champagne, France

[ 100% Chardonnay (80% Mesnil-sur-Oger, 20% Bouzy). 5g/L dosage. Production: 4,800 bottles. The 2005 vintage had perfect weather conditions, with a hot summer, low rainfall, and good weather during harvest that had low nighttime temperatures allowing for both good sugard content and acidity. ] 100% Chardonnay (80% Mesnil-sur-Oger, 20% Bouzy). 5g/L dosage. Production: 4,800 bottles. The 2005 vintage had perfect weather conditions, with a hot summer, low rainfall, and good weather during harvest that had low nighttime temperatures allowing…

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94 points Luis Gutierrez (Wine Advocate): ...as elegant and subtle as it gets. This feels very much in line with the 2004, maybe a notch above even, a lower yielding year. The nose is somehow closed and feels young with the elegant rusticity lurking from the bottom of the glass, clean and precise.… ...
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Lopez de Heredia Rioja Vina Bosconia Reserva 2005  (#701274)

Tempranillo/Tinto Fino from Rioja, Spain

[ 94 points Luis Gutierrez (Wine Advocate): ...as elegant and subtle as it gets. This feels very much in line with the 2004, maybe a notch above even, a lower yielding year. The nose is somehow closed and feels young with the elegant rusticity lurking from the bottom of the glass, clean and precise. The tannins are velvety and there is great acidity--a constant here. The wine is terribly elegant. I simply loved this wine.... Drink: 2016-2025. (Aug 2016) ] 94 points Luis Gutierrez (Wine Advocate): ...as elegant and subtle as it gets. This feels very much in line with the 2004, maybe a notch above even, a lower yielding year. The nose is somehow closed and feels young with the elegant rusticity lurking…

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Three Glasses, Gambero Rosso: Montevetrano gained legendary status in no time at all and now is not so much a wine as an icon before which you stand in awe, like a Mozart sonata, a Monet canvas or an Antonioni film. And all you need do to pay it homage is reach for the corkscrew. The 12th Three… ...
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Montevetrano Colli di Salerno Rosso 2005  (#307986)

Other Red Blends from Campania, Italy

[ Three Glasses, Gambero Rosso: Montevetrano gained legendary status in no time at all and now is not so much a wine as an icon before which you stand in awe, like a Mozart sonata, a Monet canvas or an Antonioni film. And all you need do to pay it homage is reach for the corkscrew. The 12th Three Glass award from 13 releases goes to a marvellous '05 which, despite the tetchy vintage, has uncompromising thrust and clarity. In some ways, it recalls the powerful but linearly focused '99: graceful nuances of liquorice, cedar wood and white pepper ease perfectly into a fleshy mix of blackberry and raspberry; a breeze of balsam crosses the spicy palate and drives the fruit to even greater depth. (2008) ] Three Glasses, Gambero Rosso: Montevetrano gained legendary status in no time at all and now is not so much a wine as an icon before which you stand in awe, like a Mozart sonata, a Monet canvas or an Antonioni film. And all you need do to pay it…

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94+ points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): The 2005 Brunello di Montalcino Annata opens with a fabulous, expressive bouquet of freshly cut roses, spices and raspberries, all of which carry through to the palate, where the wine reveals impeccable class and elegance, with just enough fruit to balance its… ...
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Biondi-Santi (Il Greppo) Brunello di Montalcino 2005  (#332975)

Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy

[ 94+ points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): The 2005 Brunello di Montalcino Annata opens with a fabulous, expressive bouquet of freshly cut roses, spices and raspberries, all of which carry through to the palate, where the wine reveals impeccable class and elegance, with just enough fruit to balance its angular, lean structure. Still, the 2005 is surprisingly round and harmonious for a young vintage of Biondi Santi, in fact, I had a hard time putting the glass down! Though medium in body, the wine offers gorgeous persistence and a long, exceptionally pure finish. I expect the 2005 Brunello to shut down in bottle, but readers who have an opportunity to taste the wine should not hesitate. Biondi-Santi did not produce a Riserva in 2005; instead the best of the fruit that is normally destined for the Riserva plus a selection of old vines near the heart of the estate were used for the 2005 Brunello. This is one of the unqualified successes of the vintage. Drink: 2015-2030. (Apr 2010) ] 94+ points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): The 2005 Brunello di Montalcino Annata opens with a fabulous, expressive bouquet of freshly cut roses, spices and raspberries, all of which carry through to the palate, where the wine reveals impeccable class and…

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90% Tempranillo, 5% Mazuelo, 5% Graciano. Brilliant garnet cherry color with ruby tones. Aroma exhibits notes of fine reduction (snuff, cedar), with hints of toastiness and creaminess. Fleshy with well developed tannins, ripe with balsamic, persisten and very fine. Barrel aged 24 months in 80%… ...
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Ayala Lete Rioja Vina Santurnia Gran Reserva 2005  (#701984)

Tempranillo/Tinto Fino from Rioja, Spain

[ 90% Tempranillo, 5% Mazuelo, 5% Graciano. Brilliant garnet cherry color with ruby tones. Aroma exhibits notes of fine reduction (snuff, cedar), with hints of toastiness and creaminess. Fleshy with well developed tannins, ripe with balsamic, persisten and very fine. Barrel aged 24 months in 80% American (Missouri) and 20% French oak. ] 90% Tempranillo, 5% Mazuelo, 5% Graciano. Brilliant garnet cherry color with ruby tones. Aroma exhibits notes of fine reduction (snuff, cedar), with hints of toastiness and creaminess. Fleshy with well developed tannins, ripe with balsamic, persisten…

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91 points Josh Raynolds (Vinous): (aged for 24 months in French oak and then for an additional 3 years in bottle before release): Ruby-red. Heady aromas of cherry-vanilla, mocha and cured tobacco, with woodsmoke and licorice accents. Lush and seamless, with very good deep cherry and dark berry… ...
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Glorioso Rioja Gran Reserva 2005  (#702024)

Tempranillo/Tinto Fino from Rioja, Spain

[ 91 points Josh Raynolds (Vinous): (aged for 24 months in French oak and then for an additional 3 years in bottle before release): Ruby-red. Heady aromas of cherry-vanilla, mocha and cured tobacco, with woodsmoke and licorice accents. Lush and seamless, with very good deep cherry and dark berry flavors. Vanilla and cocoa notes build with air and carry through a long, smoky finish. This wine drinks very well right now but I suspect that it will reward at least another decade of aging. (Sep 2012) ] 91 points Josh Raynolds (Vinous): (aged for 24 months in French oak and then for an additional 3 years in bottle before release): Ruby-red. Heady aromas of cherry-vanilla, mocha and cured tobacco, with woodsmoke and licorice accents. Lush and…

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96 points James Suckling: A staggering range of aromas, from dried mango and papaya through toasted nuts to dried flowers. Powerful and concentrated, but not at all fat, this has a stunning texture, due to the interplay of tannins and richness. Very long, intense finish. Drink or hold. (8/2/18) ...
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Lopez de Heredia Rioja Vina Tondonia Reserva 2005  (#702015)

Tempranillo/Tinto Fino from Rioja, Spain

[ 96 points James Suckling: A staggering range of aromas, from dried mango and papaya through toasted nuts to dried flowers. Powerful and concentrated, but not at all fat, this has a stunning texture, due to the interplay of tannins and richness. Very long, intense finish. Drink or hold. (8/2/18) ] 96 points James Suckling: A staggering range of aromas, from dried mango and papaya through toasted nuts to dried flowers. Powerful and concentrated, but not at all fat, this has a stunning texture, due to the interplay of tannins and richness. Very…

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