López de Heredia Viña Tondonia Reserva 2008 Bottle size: 750ml

Spain, Rioja
R595
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95
WA
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'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.' – Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate, 95/100 (Oct 2020)

'Lots of dried fruit with plum, light raisin, chocolate and toasted oak. Some balsamic undertones. White truffles and dried flowers. Medium body, creamy tannins and savory, balsamic undertones. Extreme and unique, as always.' – James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, 95/100

'Dark, bright-rimmed garnet. An expressive bouquet displays red and black currant, dried cherry, cigar box, vanilla, rose oil and cured tobacco scents plus a baking spice topnote. Appealingly sweet and energetic red and dark berry, floral pastille and chewing tobacco flavors show tight focus and spicy cut. Candied rose and vanilla notes linger on the long, lively finish, which is framed by smooth, well-judged tannins. Drink 2021-2032.' – Josh Raynolds, Vinous, 94/100 (Apr 2021)

'The flagship wine from the estate, its Tempranillo grapes wrapped in an alluvial amphitheatre overlooking the Ebro, its wines barrel aged for six years. The 2008 was a relatively cool vintage, understated but perfectly correct; accurate if somewhat anodyne descriptors for the wine itself. The colour holds ruby charm and concentration at the core; the nose captures the classic house style, savoury, earthy yet with fine chiselled dark fruit definition and hints of graphite in support, then woodsmoke and soy. Wonderfully composed, with firm acidity and a real presence en la boca, the wine dares to satisfy on many levels. Drinking Window 2021 - 2034.' – Simon Field MW, Decanter, 92/100 (Feb 2021)
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Condition New
Alcohol 13%
Blend information 75% Tempranillo, 15% Garnacho, 10% Graciano and Mazuelo
Drink to Drink or cellar
Variety Blend
Rating WA 95
Technical analysis TA: 6.6 g/L
Producer information López de Heredia is Spain's poster child for classic, traditional Rioja and is one of the wine world's great treasures. The wines of López de Heredia are oxidative, finely elegant and have a depth of umami flavour that make them so food-friendly. 'The wines are now the height of fashion… and ultimate expression of the region of La Rioja Alta', writes Decanter. Now in its fourth generation, López de Heredia have produced their wines in the same patient way since 1877. 'To capture the essence of Rioja one can’t change with every trend. For us, tradition and conviction are life-long attitudes.' – Maria López Heredia
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