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Vina Tondonia Rioja Reserva, Lopez de Heredia 2008

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garnacha, tempranillo

Tasting Notes

Described as one of Spain’s true first growths, yet flying under the radar for many. Old school Rioja from a legendary producer. Pure silk on the palate. Stewed strawberries and sour cherries and antique rosewood bookcases. Hints of tobacco, balsamic and dried mushroom, sweet currants and dried cranberries. The old American barrels have left an echo of toasty, dusty vanilla and wood spice. (97 points, Tim Atkin MW)

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Lopez de Heredia wines are vibrant yet layered when drunk in their youth and will continue to develop and remain pure for many years. This is down to López de Heredia staying true to their techniques and philosophies for over 140 years. Given their promise of year-on-year quality and increasing reputation, Tondonia prices have also resisted the ever increasing inflation in the wine world. Rarely can age worthy wine of this quality be found at this price.      


“Tondonia's reds have been on an upward curve recently and are now at the same level as the bodega's world-class whites. This is a fine, elegant, savoury, low-alcohol blend of Tempranillo with 20% Garnacha and 5% each of Mazuelo and Graciano, combining summer berry fruit, racy acidity, granular tannins and an earthy, balsamic undertone. Good now, but this will develop further in bottle. 2020-28”
97 pts, Tim Atkin MW
“The nose of the 2008 Viña Tondonia Reserva is very elegant, fresh and with an herbal twist, starting to show the complexity of the aged wines that are sometimes still too young when they are released 10+ years from the vintage! The palate is medium-bodied, with lightness and depth, very classical with extra freshness and all that is needed for a long development in bottle. This is the more Tondonia of the two vintages I tasted side by side. There are notes of maple syrup, smoke, licorice and crisp fruit. The palate is more austere, crunchy and reveals the chalkiness of the soils. There's more definition and precision here. Drink 2020-2030.”
LG, 95/100

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