R Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Reserva Rioja Alta

Tanzer Rating: 92
Vintage: 2001
Little about Lopez de Heredia has changed in the 125 years since its founding. The family adheres to a winemaking doctrine blueprinted in the 1880's-to make wine only from their own vineyards, using natural yeasts, long aging in wood, and no filtration at bottling. The winery and vineyards, some of the first in the region, are located in the Alta Rioja's capital city, Haro. Unlike most of its competitors, now owned by outside investors, Lopez de Heredia is owned-and every detail of its operation is handled-by the family who founded it. The bodega is now in the capable hands of the family's youngest generation, Maria Jose, Mercedes, and Julio Cesar.

Tondonia, Gravonia, and Bosconia refer to single-vineyard designated sites from which the winery grows all their fruit. The blends from year-to-year do not vary much.

The Tondonia reds are a blend of 75% Tempranillo, 15% Garnacha (Grenache), and 10% Manzuela and Graciano, the classic Rioja proportions. The backbone is provided by Tempranillo since it is the most balanced varietal in Rioja. Its ageing-capabilities and alcohol content are derived from the Garnacha, while the acidity and color come from the Graciano and Manzuela grapes.

This is a beautiful wine showing elegance and great depth of character, perfectly formed fruit with great intensity of flavor. It was aged for 5 years in barrel and was hand racked twice per year. At the time of bottling, the wine was lightly fined and left unfiltered.

Bright medium red. Expansive bouquet of musky red and dark berries, medicinal cherry, rose oil and Asian spices. Juicy raspberry and rose pastille flavors are framed by silky tannins and given a boost by zesty minerality. Packs a solid punch but comes off almost weightless. The tannins fade into the sweet fruit on the finish, which is strikingly pure and very persistent. Lovely right now.--Josh Raynolds of Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

This polished red delivers mature flavors of dried cherry, forest floor, tobacco and vanilla on a graceful frame. Fresh and lively. Drink now. --Wine Spectator
Item No: 08560
Size: 750ML
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R Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Reserva Rioja Alta
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