2011 Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Reserva
|Type of Wine||Red|
|Winery||Lopez De Heredia|
|Grape||Garnacha Graciano Mazuelo Tempranillo|
|Content (Alc)||0.75 ltr (14%)|
|Drink window||2022 - 2032|
Lopez de Heredia really needs no introduction. The vineyards are located on the right bank of the river Ebro in Haro (Rioja Alta). The Tondonia is still made in a traditional way where fermentation of the must with skins is done in large oak barrels of 240 liters for about 7 days. The second fermentation takes place in Bordeaux barrels and is relatively long (up to six months). The wine then matures for more than 6 years in used French oak, after which there is a few more years of bottle aging before the Tondonia comes on the market. The Vina Tondonia Reserve is a blend of 70% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha and 10% Mazuelo and Graciano. Tondonia makes a very authentic and in the good sense of the word an old-fashioned Rioja and can be called unique in terms of style. After the wine has been exposed to a good portion of oxygen, a beautiful palette of scents unfolds in which cherries, leather, cigar are the first to emerge. The wine is medium bodied and has the typical tondonia oxidative (pleasant) tone and the taste is nice and balanced.
What makes Tondonia unique is the very long aging in old oak (they employ their own tonneliers) before they are marketed after several years of bottle aging. These are wines that can mature for a very long time and have nothing to do with the modern wines aged on French oak. The 2011 vintage has been rated EXCELLENT by the Appelatie.
95/100 James Suckling
In the town of Haro, the López is the Heredia Viña Tondonia, the oldest in the city and one of the first three in La Rioja. The strategic location of the vineyards, the exceptional quality of the plantations and the varieties used, perfectly complemented by a special architecture. The wines are real icons of Spanish wine growing.
The extension of the Lopez de Heredia winery is being made by the Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid. It all started with the need to cover the modern grandfather's booth of the current owners, which they had made for the “Brussels Expo” of 1910 and to commemorate the warehouse's 125th anniversary, which was to be used at the Food Fair in Barcelona
(2002). The new tasting room with space for houses and shops was then placed in the basement, as a link between the past and the future. Faced with this challenge, Zaha Hadid proposes a package from a rectangular shape, transformed into an organic element that can be compared to a carafe. Given the required features of the standard, the structural system of “dry joint” was formed by sharply cutting plates vertically and the exterior finish with gold paint. This new space houses a shopping center and tasting room with an interior that maintains external modulation, with the structural elements that give rigidity to the envelope and reflect the housing of the illuminated shelves, from the products to the warehouse. The connection of this extension with the rest of the warehouse is via a sculptural roof and runs through the patio of the winery, creating a network of metal lines that are part of the new pavement and new access to the facilities of Lopez de Heredia too serve.
Their wines are real 'icons' of the Spanish wine industry. His classicism has been imposed, in markets that place great value on his most special goals, complex and different for everyone different, always consumed bred and older. In them, the grape dominion “Viura” is not very expressive in general, but this success lies in aging and aging in specific conditions. The Viña Tondonia Gravonia are sold after a good education and aging in barrel and bottle. The Gravonia is 100% Viura, dressed in antique yellow gold, with aromas of dried fruits and spices. Expressive in appearance and signature. The white Tondonia is: “Viura” and “Malvasia”, which gives a special touch. In the red Tondonia, several varieties "Garnacha", "Graciano", "Carignan" mount around the king "Tempranillo" known for its great capacity for aging and the agile and easy body. A sober open complex aroma, warm and fleshy on the palate and with an almost eternal finish.
|Type of Wine||Red|
|Winery||Lopez De Heredia|
|Grape||Garnacha, Graciano, Mazuelo, Tempranillo|
|Drinking as of||2022|
|James Suckling rating||95|
|Tasting Profiles||Earthy, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Spicy, Red fruit, Flexible, Full|
|Drink moments||Barbecue, Cadeau!, Met vrienden, Open haard, Romantisch|
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