White

1988 R. López de Heredia Rioja Blanco Reserva Viña Tondonia

White Blend

  • Spain
  • La Rioja
  • La Rioja Alta
  • Rioja
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Community Tasting Notes 16

  • Los 12 Glotones Likes this wine: 93 points

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    De color amarillo dorado, oscuro, muy intenso, con sensación de grosor, reflejos anaranajados y ambarinos.

    Abierto, limpio, franco, sin excesos reductivos ni signos evidentes de vejez. Predominan las sensaciones amieladas, ceras, fruta blanca y pulpa muy madura, y unos cremosos con puntas de vainillas de fondo que lo envuelven todo. Extraordinariamente joven y jovial con un perfil que se acerca más a la gama de Gravonia que a los vinos más viejos de la bodega. Al respirar gana en potencia y asoman unas fragantes notas de cáscaras (nueces, piñones, avellanas), fruta seca, orejones, confitura de naranja, cremosos.

    En boca está en sintonía con todo lo olido. Fresco y nervioso, con una acidez intensa, notas de cítricos dulces y amargosos. Excelente expresión de viura riojana, con esa longevidad y vigor que aporta a los vinos de larga crianza. Su juventud abruma, lleno de fruta escarchada, de amargosos, con la corpulencia habitual...

    La regularidad de los vinos de López de Heredia, añada tras añada, es algo incomprensible y sin igual en Rioja. Nos queda claro que la mayor habilidad de esta bodega es elaborar estos blancos grandiosos capaces de rivalizar sin complejos ante cualqueir otro gran vino blanco europeo. Y por 20 eurillos... Admirable!!!

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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 16.800 botellas.
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  • salil wrote: 92 points

    August 5, 2010 - Drinking beautifully, combining fresh quince and citrus fruit flavours with savoury nutty, smoky, herbal and waxy flavour elements - incredibly complex and layered with a gentle, faintly creamy texture and impressive length. Delicious.

  • acyso wrote: 88 points

    January 9, 2010 - Beautiful golden colour. Truly alluring nose, with a nose of honeysuckle and dried tropical fruit, but also a subtle hint of earthiness. On the palate, initially quite dry, but the lushness soon takes over, with layers of tropical fruit. Very pleasant mouthfeel. There is a note of gooseberry that reminds me of sauvignon blanc. There is some "funk" in the finish, which alludes to wet fur.

  • beezer6 wrote: 91 points

    December 17, 2009 - Taste at Elysian. Bottle open in fridge overnight.
    Color shows virtually no sign of age. Incredible how this bodega achieves such vibrant color.
    Aromas of lychee fruit, honeyed walnuts, lemon zest and celery salt as well - very unique nose.
    Palate is medium bodied showing more tropical yellow fruit, some light earth and green herbaciousness.
    Very nice and extremely youthful. Superb bottling with another decade or two of life.

  • LoireFan wrote: 90 points

    January 26, 2009 - Not that expressive and a bit disappointing.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1988
  • Type White
  • Producer R. López de Heredia
  • Varietal White Blend
  • Designation Blanco Reserva
  • Vineyard Viña Tondonia
  • Country Spain
  • Region La Rioja
  • SubRegion La Rioja Alta
  • Appellation Rioja

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 57 (52%)
  • Consumed 53 (48%)

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