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Community Tasting Notes (9) Avg Score: 88 points

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    De color oro viejo, bastante evolucionado en relación con el Tondonia GR de la misma cosecha. Reflejos dorados y anaranjados, luminoso, con finos precipitados en la base de la botella. Mucha sensación de grosor, lágrimas gruesas, permanentes.

    Al abrir se muestra de media intensidad ganando en presencia al respirar. Confitado, casi sobremaduro, con acentos de fruta pasa, manzana asada, orejones, miel, membrillo escarchado y un deje cítrico a salmuera de limón, citronella, semillas de cilantro. Se va abriendo con apuntes de especias dulces, yema tostada, cabello de ángel y un curioso deje especiado exótico a cúrcuma, incienso, maderas viejas y marquetería. Sin grandes matices y con síntomas de gran evolución en botella.

    En boca es graso y viene ya algo justo de acidez. De factura muy clásica, reconocible. Se puede beber sin problemas importantes pero comienza a mostrar los primeros síntomas de cansancio: falta de garra. Reposado, maduro, amielado, lleno de sensaciones dulzosas y un rastro de dulcedumbre. Parece haber comenzado ya su declive pero aún se bebe con muchísimo placer. Retronasal confitado, licoroso.

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    85% viura, 15% malvasía - 12% vol.
    Permanece durante 6 meses en viejas tinas de roble de 60 hectolitros, sin control de temperatura, en los que finaliza la fermentación maloláctica y reposa antes de ser trasegado. Criado por 6 años en barricas usadas de roble americano de 225 litros elaboradas por la tonelería de la propia bodega. Sometido a 2 trasiegas manuales cada año. Clarificado con claras de huevos frescos. Embotellado directamente de la barrica sin filtrar. Producción limitada a 12.000 botellas. Permanece durante un mínimo de 2 años en los calados de la bodega antes de ser comercializado.
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  • Exciting, fresh and youthful. It has a salty flor tang and is underpinned by wonderful clean fruit. Delicious.

    Very well developed, cheesy almost, but with a lovely ripeness and delicacy to the fruit and a searing acidity that keeps everything nicely balanced and makes it feel young (courtesy Ruth Ford).

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  • yellow gold, oxidative and more of a light to medium expression of similar notes to the 91`; 85% Viura, 15% Malavasia.

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  • Drinking in Rioja; 5/8/2013-5/14/2013 (Rioja, various bars and restaurants): Mid straw in colour. Quite fresh, some minerality, lanolin and mellow bees wax nose. Fresher and cleaner than the GR, this is a further step up on a half of this at Gidleigh a couple of years back. Smooth with a depth and mellowness that is deceptively easy and yet a building complexity than continues to develop through the evening. Not the richness of a recent 81 GR, but close on its heals for complexity, depth and interest. ****

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  • Two evenings at Gidleigh Park; 4/26/2011-4/27/2011 (Gidleigh Park): Half bottle. Mid gold in colour. A touch volatile on the nose initially but this blows off very quickly to reveal quite a mineral nose with suggestions of old furniture varnish and lanolin both of which follow through to the palate. Intense and mineral attack but all the complexity is up front with little development on the mid-palate and a lighter, less persistent finish. Good acidity. Quite clean and unoxidative for Tondonia and significantly fresher than the 87 GR tasted at the bodega in November. ***1/2

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Vinous

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    September/October 2000, IWC Issue #92, (See more on Vinous...)

    (R. Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Reserva Blanco Rioja) Subscribe to see review text.

Wine Library TV

  • By Gary Vaynerchuk
    Wine & Spirits Top 100 Wines of 2010 - Part 2, Episode #928, 10/7/2010, (See more on Wine Library TV...) 93 points

    (Lopez de Heredia Rioja Reserva) #4; COLOR-medium golden; NOSE-funky; nutty; sherry-like; I like the citrus and nuttiness; kasha; this a dynamite nose; PALATE-a little light and subtle for $100 bones; but this is a style I enjoy; this makes me want to eat; this is bone dry; a slight hint of mustard; I really enjoy this; very interesting; this is an "occasion" wine; W&S-??; GV-93

Winedoctor

  • By Chris Kissack
    March 2007, (See more on Winedoctor...) 16.5 points

    (López de Heredia Rioja Viña Tondonia Blanco Reserva 1987) A rich golden hue, really quite comparable to the gran reserva tasted last year - if my memory serves me correctly, of course. The nose betrays the wine's maturity though, kicking off with a good hit of volatile acids on the nose. Maria López de Heredia doesn't recommend decanting their wines, so I was tasting this straight from bottle. Thankfully this volatile element blows off pretty soon (perhaps decanting would actually have helped this process), although what is left does seem very tertiary, with notes of mushroom fading out and yielding to more prominent elements suggestive of old school desks, all dried and dusty wood, with more spicy aromas redolent of well hung meat. An Iberian ham, perhaps? And there is a nutty line to it too, which I like. A good substance on the palate, certainly not dried out, showing a full, broad and structured substance, with firm acidity lending the wine a rather spicy backbone. This is certainly a rather challenging wine in the mouth, this assault led by that backbone of acid, with the grip of the midpalate - from the oak, maybe - following on behind. In the finish, its subtle, lanolin-like texture breaks open and the cleansing acidity comes through, carrying the length for simply ages. Whereas this wine seems more aged than the gran reserva (although I think Heredia fans might view it as something of a youngster) and the complexity is less bright, I do still find this an admirably composed wine.

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