Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Reserva Tinto 2010

Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Reserva Tinto 2010

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Tempranillo, Graciano and Mazuelo

75cl * 13% ABV * Rioja, Spain

Lopez de Heredia famously age all of its output far longer than their contemporaries - even their white wines - in order to develop the complex, oxidative aromas and flavours that come from extended maturation in oak and in bottle, and ensure that they are quite ready to drink. A deep garnet, with a fading rim indicative of its age, it requires a short decant to get the most out of it, but with air soft red cherry, vanilla, leather, olive, liquorice - its complexity knows no bounds. Relatively light for those accustomed to modern big and bold Rioja, but straddles somewhere in style between the Rhone and Burgundy. A long-lived, highly praised wine of which its devotees just can't get enough. 

A perfect partner to a leg of new season lamb stuffed with wild garlic, rosemary and anchovies.

Decant for at least 1 hour. Serve between 18ºC and 20ºC.

Drinking window: 2022-2034

"This is as complex and savory as the rest of the Viña Tondonia wines, but also shows a tad more depth, with a hint of black plum and blue fruit on top of the orange rind, iron, tobacco and earthy spices. Expect some cedar and truffle to develop in the future. Juicy, zesty and tight, with a dusty tannins and bright berry fruit on the medium-to full-bodied palate. Drink or hold." 97 points, James Suckling (June 2022)

"The 2010 Viña Tondonia Reserva has all I expect from a Reserva from Tondonia, complexity, elegance and evolution, a developed nose with notes of forest floor and wild berries, herbs and flowers, a touch of iodine, brick dust and very fine, polished tannins. It has the seriousness and elegance of Tondonia. This is a blend of 70% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacho (they use the masculine form of the name of the grape) and 5% each Graciano and Mazuelo that fermented in the ancient oak vats from when the winery was created 144 years ago and matured in well-seasoned, American oak barrels for six years." 96 points, Luis Gutiérrez, Robert Parker Wine Advocate (July 2022)