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WTN: 1995 Gravonia, 1981 Prado Enea, 1971 Don PX

by Bill Buitenhuys » Fri Jul 07, 2006 1:54 pm

1995 R. López de Heredia Viña Gravonia Crianza (Rioja)
100% viura. 12% abv. Decanted 3 hours.
This is the current release of Gravonia. Aged in old oak for 4 years and then bottle aged for another 6 prior to release. How many white wines get a treatment like this? This wine sure is intriguing. Bright golden color and a wonderful sherried toffee nose. Good acidity, subtle flavors of honey, wax, and some peach, old oak tannins, and a very dry finish. The body is noticeably thin right now and I think some more bottle aging might do this well. (With a day of airtime, the body is filling out really well and the nose is greatly enhanced. Great finesse!).

1981 Muga Prado Enea (Rioja)
12.5%abv. Bottle# 014556. Pop and pour.
The fruit has faded and what is left is a gorgeous blend of dried flowers and licorice aroma. I could very happily just keep inhaling this wine. The taste is wonderful with some fruit and some acid but what is most evident is the elegantly integrated body of the wine. This wine is at it’s peak but should hold for a good 5 years. Note that the cork was within 1/8 inch of being fully saturated. Last time I had this wine, the cork in that particular bottle was only ¼ saturated. Same source.

1971 Bodegas Toro Albalá Don PX Pedro Ximenez Gran Reserva (Montilla Moriles)
17% abv.
This is the current release of Don PX (even though 1975 and 1972 were released in the past). After two finesse wines, this one just whaps us upside the head. Dark as soy sauce with the viscocity of warmed maple syrup. This wine is lively and extremely tasty with enormous flavors of molasses, raisin, and a wonderful tangerine and orange acidic undercurrent. Not cloying but very sweet. This has a finish that goes on and on. Not just a dessert wine, but dessert in of itself.
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Re: WTN: 1995 Gravonia, 1981 Prado Enea, 1971 Don PX

by Mike Filigenzi » Fri Jul 07, 2006 4:22 pm

Thanks for the note on the PX, Bill. I had the '72 and was not all that taken with it. I guess I just don't see PX as a finesse wine. This one sounds more like what I look for in them.


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Re: WTN: 1995 Gravonia, 1981 Prado Enea, 1971 Don PX

by Bill Buitenhuys » Fri Jul 07, 2006 5:22 pm

I dont see PX as a finesse wine either, Mike, in fact, this one is quite over the top (but very very tasty).
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Re: WTN: 1995 Gravonia, 1981 Prado Enea, 1971 Don PX

by Otto » Sat Jul 08, 2006 10:30 am

Thanks again for lovely notes! I've not tasted this 81, but all GRs from 81 have been either very good or sublime. And best of all, relatively cheap - Monte Real GR 81 was even available here for about 30€ / bottle and was a sheer delight. How much was the Muga?

I really need to taste Lopez de Heredia! It sounds really interesting despite the oak.

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Re: WTN: 1995 Gravonia, 1981 Prado Enea, 1971 Don PX

by Bill Buitenhuys » Sat Jul 08, 2006 12:54 pm

And best of all, relatively cheap - Monte Real GR 81 was even available here for about 30€ / bottle and was a sheer delight. How much was the Muga?
I havent had the 81 Monte Real GR but have had the CVNE Viña Real GR 81 a couple of times (thanks, Joe!). It is showing much more youth than the Prado Enea. The PE is $80 (current price) but the '95 goes for around $30. I'll just have to be very patient with those!

I really need to taste Lopez de Heredia! It sounds really interesting despite the oak.
You should, Otto. The oak is "good oak", nice old stuff. It's a very good wine but not in the class of say the Vina Tondonia Reserva blanco. If you're going to hunt down LdH, try to find the Tondonia Reserva. Major yum.
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Re: WTN: 1995 Gravonia, 1981 Prado Enea, 1971 Don PX

by alex metags » Sat Jul 08, 2006 1:46 pm

Recently had the 1971 Don PX as well -- our first experience with PX. First impression was "Wow". Second thought was "Motor oil." In a nice way. Molasses, caramel, a bit of spice. We kept coming back for more :D

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Re: WTN: 1995 Gravonia, 1981 Prado Enea, 1971 Don PX

by Bill Buitenhuys » Sat Jul 08, 2006 4:57 pm

I hear ya, Alex. It isn't stuff that I'd drink alot of at one time. Thankfully, it will keep for quite some time once opened.
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Re: WTN: 1995 Gravonia, 1981 Prado Enea, 1971 Don PX

by JoePerry » Sat Jul 08, 2006 5:22 pm

Thanks for the notes, Bill!

I've got to go down and pick up four bottles of the Gravonia for my cellar... maybe tonight?!?



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Re: WTN: 1995 Gravonia, 1981 Prado Enea, 1971 Don PX

by Bill Buitenhuys » Sat Jul 08, 2006 9:57 pm

maybe tonight?!?
Did you go? We went to see Superman instead of wine hunting. I may head down there on Sunday afternoon though.

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