NEW! Rioja Reserva 'Viña Tondonia', López de Heredia, Spain 2005

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NEW! Rioja Reserva 'Viña Tondonia', López de Heredia, Spain 2005

30.95

“Nothing short of exceptional.” - The Wine Advocate, 93 points

“Glorious, fully mature wine long-aged in sweet oak. So pure and fresh – and very generously priced in view of the age.” - Jancis Robinson MW

A gloriously distinguished, old-school Rioja aged for 6 years in oak barrels, which achieves the seemingly impossible paradox of tasting old and young at the same time. 13% alc, Drink now-2028.

Jancis Robinson MW: “López de Heredia has stayed remarkably true to its roots. Current sister duo Maria José and Mercedes Lopez de Heredia claim that nothing has essentially changed in the winemaking since the winery was founded in 1877. They continue to cultivate the vineyards and indeed make their wines following the techniques and philosophies laid down over 140 years ago. This has been no accident – they have made a conscious decision not to use modern technology in their winemaking. Lovely, glowing, mature deep ruby. Orange rim. Heady and complex – the most complex wine in The Bunch tasting by a mile! So fresh and layered and appetising. Seems silly to even other to write this but it could only be Rioja! So pure!!!! Dry finish but there is enough fruit here.” 18 points

Vinous: “Bright red. Vibrant, spice-tinged red currant and cherry aromas are complemented by suggestions of pipe tobacco, vanilla and incense, and a spicy nuance gains volume with air. Sweet and seamless on the palate, offering energetic red fruit and spicecake flavours that pick up a hint of smokiness on the back half. Concentrated yet lively, showing impressive delineation and a sexy floral quality on the extremely long, seamless finish. While this wine is quite seductive right now, I've little doubt that it will cruise along nicely for at least another decade or more, and probably quite a bit longer. “ 94 points

The Wine Advocate: “The 2005 Viña Tondonia Reserva is a blend of 70% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacho, 5% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo from their vineyards in the meander of the Ebro River, where they have some 100 hectares of vineyards. The wine fermented in the original oak vats that are now some 140 years of age. There is no temperature control and malolactic was also in the vat. The wine was transferred to oak barrels where it slowly matured in their deep, humid caves for no less than six years. After this, it was bottled unfiltered after being fined with egg whites. I think the quality gap between the Reserva and Gran Reserva has been getting smaller since the 2001 vintage and this 2005 is nothing short of exceptional. It's clean and complex, with more freshness. The wine is very spicy and with a palate that feels very balanced, livelier than in the past. It has a long finish where the flavours are clean. Easy to drink and very pleasurable.” 93 points

The Observer (David Williams): “From a great traditionalist producer, a beautiful, unusually graceful old-school Rioja with silken texture and flavours of still-perky red berry fruit mingling with the mature savouriness and leatheriness that come from 13 years of ageing in barrel and bottle.”

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