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Viña Tondonia Rioja Reserva by Lopez de Heredia 2004

Viña Tondonia Rioja Reserva

by Lopez de Heredia 2004

Producer : Lopez de Heredia

Region : Rioja (Spain), Spain (Spain)

Bottle Per Case : 6 x 750 ml

Food Pairing : Breads, Cured Meat, Hard Cheese, Red Meat, Roasted Vegetables

Tasting Notes

"The 2004 Viña Tondonia Reserva is a completely different story. It is a worthy follower of the 2001, the greatest of the Viña Tondonia Reservas of recent times. It has the usual blend and usual levels of alcohol and acidity, bottled after six years in oak barrels. The nose feels savory (if that's possible–umami?) and developed, with tertiary aromas and good balance between spices, leathery notes, cherries and balsamic notes of cigar box and incense. The palate is both round and crisp, with refined tannins. It has very good balance with subtle acidity and very good persistence."

94 points - Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate, April 2015

Specs

Bottles Per Case 6 Pack
Bottle Size 750 ml
Producer Lopez de Heredia
Region Rioja (Spain), Spain (Spain)
Alcohol 12.5% alc./vol.
Style Warm and spicy reds
Vintage 2004
Farming Method Sustainable
Grapes 10% Carignan, 15% Garnacha, 75% Tempranillo
Food Pairing Breads, Cured Meat, Hard Cheese, Red Meat, Roasted Vegetables
Descriptors Earthy, Floral, Fruity, Mineral
Wine Type Red
Wood Presence Oaked
Body Medium
Price of Case $359.70

The Producer

Lopez de Heredia

For 145 years, López de Heredia has stood as one of the most significant and highly sought-after producers in the Rioja region. They possess all 170 hectares of the vineyards they cultivate, with some vines dating back a century, and have maintained a tradition of working without chemical intervention for generations. The sustainability practices embraced by younger producers today have been integral to López de Heredia's production since its inception.

What sets these wines apart, contributing significantly to their widespread demand, is the extensive aging process before they are released. To provide context, the legal requirement for a Gran Reserva Rioja dictates a minimum aging period of two years in barrels and two years in bottles (a total of four years at least). López de Heredia, however, unveils their Viña Tondonia Gran Reserva Rioja after an impressive twenty years. Therefore, the 2001 vintage we present here represents their latest Gran Reserva release and the first since 1996. Enjoying these wines is a truly unique experience, as they encapsulate bottled history in every sip.

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