López de Heredia Viña Tondonia Tinto Reserva

López de Heredia Viña Tondonia Tinto Reserva

Rioja 2005

Spain, Spain

Regular price$253.00
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Case Size
Duty Status
Style: Red Drink from: 2023
ABV: 13.0% Drink to: 2028
Packaging: OCC Stock arriving: In Stock
Critic scores
93 RP, 94 VM, 96 JS, 18 JR, 97 TA
Critic reviews
"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 flavors are clean. Easy to drink and very pleasurable. Some 250,000 bottles were produced in 2005."
Luis Gutiérrez, August 2016

"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."
Jancis Robinson, September 2018, JancisRobinson.com

"A staggering range of aromas, from dried mango and papaya through toasted nuts to dried flowers. Powerful and concentrated, but not at all fat, this has a stunning texture, due to the interplay of tannins and richness. Very long, intense finish. Drink or hold."
James Suckling, December 2018

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Critics

AG
Antonio Galloni, vinous.com
AM
Allan Meadows, Burghound.com
DC
Decanter, Decanter.com
GM
Gus McLean, AbingdonFineWine.com
JA
Jane Anson, JaneAnson.com
JD
Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com
JR
Jancis Robinson, JancisRobinson.com
JS
James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com
LPB
Lisa Perrotti-Brown, TheWineIndependent.com
NM
Neal Martin, RobertParker.com
RP
Various, RobertParker.com
TA
Tim Atkin, TimAtkin.com
VM
Various, vinous.com

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