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First Lopez De Heredia Gran Reserva - How do I deal with it?

by David M. Bueker » Sat Mar 25, 2006 3:23 pm

I picked up a bottle of the '85 Tondonia Gran Reserva. Do I decant this? If so, how long? Pour it straight from bottle? How about food thoughts?

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Re: First Lopez De Heredia Gran Reserva - How do I deal with

by JoePerry » Sat Mar 25, 2006 3:54 pm

David, the 85 doesn't need decanting, but as with all Heredia it will change substantially in the glass. With RLdH, the wines can either be open from the git-go, or have a muskiness that blows off after a time. I usually crack and assess based on that.

Sorry there isn't a clear answer, these wines are different every time.

Enjoy!

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Re: First Lopez De Heredia Gran Reserva - How do I deal with

by David M. Bueker » Sat Mar 25, 2006 6:21 pm

Thanks Joe. I'll pop it and pour a little & see.
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Re: First Lopez De Heredia Gran Reserva - How do I deal with

by Jay Miller » Sat Mar 25, 2006 7:36 pm

The '85s really aren't ready to drink yet, it's the latest GR release. If you insist I'd certainly be prepared to follow it over several hours.
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Re: First Lopez De Heredia Gran Reserva - How do I deal with

by Bill Hooper » Sun Mar 26, 2006 6:29 pm

The Tondonia GRs that I've had seem to need a little more time to come around than a comparably aged Bosconia. It's still a baby and decanting might help a little. Either way, enjoy!

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