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Community Tasting Notes (50) Avg Score: 91.3 points

  • Captivating as ever. A fun way to draw everyone into the intimacy of a triple date night before heading out.

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    De color dorado intenso, con mucha sensación de grosor, reflejos anaranjados y cobrizos.

    Nariz con notas iniciales a duelas envinadas, ceras y vainilla. Le cuesta despertarse para ir dando notas citricas a limón en salmuera, naranja inglesa, orejones, y un rastro levemente enranciado que se desvanece al ir respirando. Se suaviza y cada vez hay más fruta de hueso, membrillo, miel, melocotones en almíbar. La maquinaria como siempre funciona: el reloj acaba por ponerse en hora y marca las horas con exactitud. Cada vez más complejo y profundo, más cremoso y abierto.

    En boca es muy serio, seco pero con un tacto graso y ese ligero apunte de dulcedumbre que se funde con las maderas viejas, los cremosos, la fruta madura. Concentrado, sabroso, complejo, vivo, de excelente acidez y pleno de detalles de calidad. En este momento está incluso por encima del Gran Reserva 1991 Blanco, más hecho, y se podría afirmar que es el mejor reserva desde que se dejó de elaborar el 6º año. Un vino que deja atrás unos años de indefinición de finales de los 80 para renovar la fórmula mágica de la bodega sin salirse del guión. Una joyita a precio de derribo. Posiblemente el mejor vino blanco español en una añada para el recuerdo.

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    90% viura, 10% malvasía - 12% vol.
    Fermenta en viejas tinas de roble de 60 hectolitros sin control de temperatura. Permanece durante 6 años en barricas de roble americano de 225 litros. Sometido a 2 trasiegas manuales cada año. Clarificado con claras de huevos frescos. Embotellado directamente de la barrica sin filtrar. Permanece durante un mínimo de 9 años en los calados de la bodega antes de ser comercializado. Producción limitada a 18.000 botellas.
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  • Love this wine and this bottle of the 91 was particularly excellent.

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  • Bit lighter than the '96 of same LdH but quite wonderful with Valentine Dinner at Ataula and their exquisite gourmet Spanish Tapas.

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  • Wine & Spirits Top 100 Tasting (City Walk @ Metreon, San Francisco, CA): Lively orange complexity, fresh; fresh, medium bodied, dry but very complex. Ixcellent. 94-97

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View From the Cellar

Vinous

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

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

RJonWine.com

  • By Richard Jennings
    1/8/2012, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 93 points

    (R. López de Heredia Rioja Blanco Reserva Viña Tondonia) Light medium golden yellow color; baked lemon, saffron, light ghee, sweet butter nose; tasty, tight yet, lightly oily textured, tart lemon, baked lemon, saffron palate; long finish 93+ points

Winedoctor

  • By Chris Kissack
    July 2011, (See more on Winedoctor...) 18 points

    (López de Heredia Rioja Blanco Reserva Viña Tondonia) This aged reserva has a very deep and rich golden hue befitting its age, and reminiscent of burnished gold. Aromatically it is enticing and very secondary as I expected, with immediate notes of almond, butterscotch and old school desks, mixed with dried citrus peel; it has a woody feel to it, but there is also a suggestion of substance and intensity which bodes well for the palate. And this is not false promise; at the very beginning it seems very bright and smoky, before broadening out beautifully in the midpalate to reveal some intense, nutty, slightly salty depth and a lovely layer of dried fruits behind the dry and intense structure of the wine. There is great substance here, the wine full and rich despite the slightly austere backbone which is well hidden by all the interest and substance. Fresh, fine, with citrusy acidity, and very long too. This is superb, so pleasing and yet also quite cerebral, and it is streets ahead of the 1987 recently tasted.

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