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  • Chicago Rotating Dinner Series - March 2014 (Aged Rioja) (Paris Club - Chicago, IL): off bottle

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    Els12golafres Wine Tasting Group: http://vinosclasicos.blogspot.com.es/2013/12/vina-tondonia-1961-gran-reserva.html
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    De color rubí granatoso de capa media-alta, más oscuro que el resto de vinos de la misma época. Tapado, oscuro, sin mucho brillo. Presenta una finísima turbidez y ligeros precipitados en la base de la botella. Ribete atejado, amplio, con marcada diferencia respecto al menisco.

    Al abrir nos encontramos con un tinto de media intensidad pero de enorme sutileza, térreo, con todo tipo de aromas otoñales (hojarasca, monte umbrío, trufas, cascarilla de castañas). La reducción es evidente, muy elegante, trayéndonos flores marchitas, cuero ruso, maderas viejas, ahumados, caja de puro y un frágil fondo a frutos maduro (madroños) y especias molidas. Se mantiene en esta línea, sin cambiar, perdiendo potencia con las horas.

    Toda esa sutileza la pierde en boca. Compacto, denso, concentrado, con una acidez viva y unos taninos presentes, firmes. Tiene estructura y mucho sabor. A falta de mayor profundidad sí que hay vigor y un chorrazo de vida. Hubiéramos apostado todo a que se trataba de un Tondonia del 64. Quién dijo que en los 60 no se hiceron buenos vinos en los años impares?

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    75% tempranillo, 15% garnacho, 5% graciano, 5% mazuelo. 11.5% vol.
    Permanece durante 6 meses en depósitos de madera donde acabar de realizar la fermentación maloláctica. Criado entre 9 y 10 años en viejas barricas de roble americano de 225 litros elaboradas por los toneleros de la misma bodega. El vino es sometido a 2 trasiegas manuales cada año. Clarificado con claras de huevo frescas. Embotellado directamente de la barrica. Sin filtrar. En este momento a todas las botellas se les coloca una cápsula de laca en el cuello que es substituida por una nueva cápsula de plomo cuando se procede al etiquetado. Etiquetado especial para el mercado estadounidense. Descansa un mínimo de 44 meses en botellero antes de ser comercializado.
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  • Year 2 - Super Tasting 2 of 5 - Andrew does Rioja (Langdon Hall, Cambridge, ON): As I discovered throughout the evening the LdH Tondonia bottlings all have some common themes across all vintages. I found all of them to be fairly volatile a tad rustic and with strong notes of sweat. I like these notes, but that alone doesn't push these wines into the classic spectrum. The nose on this wine was of beetroot, potato skin, cranberry, red cherry, anise, wet wood, and ash. This has more structure and remaining tannin than the '54 CVNE served before it, but it is a tad drying. The nose trailed off on this over time and faded with more air. A good, but not great example.

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  • Year 2 - Super Tasting 2 of 5 - Andrew does Rioja (Langdon Hall, Blair, Ontario): Nose of sweet beet, cherry, raspberry, earth, mushroom, red flowers, minerals and nutmeg....blind, I would guess this as a red burgundy...fruit is really lively.
    The palate shows pure sweet red fruit....beet, cherry, strawberry, cherry, spice, earth, violets, sandalwood, soy and minerals....very pretty.
    The finish is long and complex....just a notch behind the 1954 CVNE Gran Reserva served alongside.

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  • Year 2; Tasting 2 of 5; Andrew does Rioja (1954-1994) (Red Room, Langdon Hall, Cambridge, Ontario): Popped and poured, followed approximately 2 hours. In the glass, garnet in colour with a moderate brick. On the nose, dried sweet red fruit, strawberry, leather, earth, beet juice, undergrowth, orange rind, and a touch of florals. On the palate, still highly structured, with medium plus acidity, and moderate tannin that dry the moderate length finish, characterized by cranberry, beets, earth and spice. A very nice wine in its own right, but a notch behind the CVNE served alongside it.

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  • By Josh Raynolds
    September/October 2010, IWC Issue #152, (See more on Vinous...)

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  • By Richard Jennings
    10/11/2011, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 88 points

    (R. López de Heredia Rioja Gran Reserva Viña Tondonia) Bricking dark red violet color; tobacco, tart currant, cigar box, light reduction nose; cigar box, earthy, tobacco, reduction palate with medium acidity and drying tannins; medium-plus finish

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