1999 R. Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia 'Vina Gravonia' Crianza

1999 R. López de Heredia Viña Tondonia 'Viña Gravonia' Crianza

Viña Gravonia is a superb white from traditionalist Rioja producer R. López de Heredia Viña Tondonia that is released only after long aging at the 133-year-old winery's cellars in Haro,


. The latest release is not the 2007 or 2005, but the 1999 vintage. At less than $30, this buttery, nuanced 11-year-old wine is an amazing value. It is light canary yellow in color, and aromatic and dry, with a complex weave of caramel, citrus peel and almond tastes and an alluring finish. Despite its age, Viña Gravonia is lively and fresh and absolutely lovely at this moment.

It's wonderful with chicken liver crostini, pâtés and terrines, as well as with foie gras. I'd also drink it with grilled seafood and seafood pasta or rice dishes.

Note: If you can't find the 1999, the 2000 is just arriving or will be at wine stores soon.

—S. Irene Virbila

Quick swirl


Rioja, Spain


From $25 to $28


Dry and nuanced

What it goes with:

Chicken liver crostini, pâtés and terrines, foie gras, seafood


Where to find it:

Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, (949) 650-8463,

; K&L Wine Merchants in


, (323) 464-9463,

; Mission Wines in

South Pasadena

, (626) 403-9463,

; Wally's Wine & Spirits in

West Los Angeles

, (310) 475-0606,

; the Wine House in West

Los Angeles

, (310) 479-3731,

; and

Woodland Hills

Wine Co. in Woodland Hills, (818) 222-1111,