Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Reserva 2009
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Stunning, 97pts ‘Exceptional!’ and ‘The BEST Spanish Red of 2021!!’
World Class, New Vintage.. yet greatly aged.. release of of
Lopez de Heredia’s ‘Vina Tondonia’ Rioja Riserva
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There are few wineries in Spain whose names conjure the heritage and prestige evoked by R. Lopez de Heredia. One of the grand old estates of Rioja, and still in the founding family’s hands, everything here is made in the same natural and artisan way employed 144 years ago, with the purpose of making the best wine possible - the mythical fine wine from Rioja. These are rare and wonderful examples of Rioja’s classical wine tradition—and bargains for their age, quality and rarity.
We just had the pleasure of tasting this amazing wine and all of our staff agreed…this is a beautifully aromatic wine with a silky texture, complex layers of fresh fruit and barrel aged notes that lead to a seductively long finish.
"Sweet berries, cherries, cedar and dried flowers on the nose. Some lemon and lime zest, too! Medium-to full-bodied with tight, integrated tannins that show wonderful length and reserve. So fresh and vivid. Lots of energy. A wonderful, classic wine. Drink or hold. (9/28/21)"
"(13%).Serious and concentrated, at least by the standards of some López de Heredia reds, this reflects the heat of the 2009 vintage. Tempranillo-based with 30% Garnacha, Graciano and Mazuelo, it's spicy, savoury and high toned with grippy tannins, layers of tobacco and red fruits and classic, supporting acidity. 2021-30. (2021)"
As with many wines this time, I had two vintages to taste of the Reserva from the Tondonia vineyard, 2009 and 2008, two very different, almost opposite vintages. The 2009 Viña Tondonia Reserva, a blend of 70% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacho and 5% each Mazuelo and Graciano, matured in used American oak barrels for six years. It has some toasted character, with ripe fruit, black rather than red, denoting a warm year but more restrained than the Bosconia Reserva from the same vintage. 2009 is a year of ripeness, concentration and tannin; the wines are powerful, but here you see the finesse of Tondonia in comparison to the more rustic Viña Bosconia. 220,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in May 2017.