Lopez de Heredia Rioja Vina Tondonia Reserva 2008

$57.00

750ml

95 pts. Wine Advocate

23 in stock

SKU: 1152566200800750 Categories: , , ,

Description

About 75% Tempranillo the rest Mazuelo and Graciano. While a winemaking revolution has raged around them, a handful of bodegas have stayed true to the traditions that made Rioja famous. Perhaps the best known of these in the United States is López de Heredia. Little about López de Heredia has changed in the more than 130 years since its founding. It occupies the same historic cellars and unlike most of their competitors, which are now owned by outside investors, López de Heredia is owned—and every detail of its operation is handled—by the family who founded it. Most Rioja wineries buy grapes from dozens of small growers; but not López de Heredia. They own every inch of the vineyards that supply their wines. Only natural yeasts are used and there is no filtration. They still age their greatest wines in wood for six to eight years and even make their own barrels. The bodega is now in the capable hands of the family’s youngest generation—Maria José and Mercedes. Yet, still, nothing changes. In fact, these two are philosophically committed to the winery’s traditions as their parents and grandparents were before them. López de Heredia’s two grand wines appear under two different labels, Tondonia and Bosconia, each named for a vineyard the family purchased nearly a century ago. The Tondonia vineyard is their most famous; over 100 hectares, it is situated in a shell-shaped depression on the right bank of the river Ebro, where the most typical Rioja wines are grown. The soil is alluvial clay with a high proportion of limestone. The average vine age is 45 years old and organic farming and natural fermentations are implemented, creating wines that exhibit great terroir. Grapes from Viña Tondonia are always used in making their highest quality wines. The first Reserva was bottled by the founder in 1890; a few bottles of this are still kept in the family wine museum. This Reserva is a superb red wine that is of a style that is going extinct is exactly what Lopez de Heredia is all about. Tradition. 

Tasting Notes
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.
- Luis Gutierrez

Additional information

Weight 4 lbs
Vintage

2008

Producer

Lopez de Heredia

Country

Spain

Area

Rioja

Region

Rioja Alta

Appellation

Haro

Varietal

Tempranillo

Style

Red