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

    (R. Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Reserva Blanco Rioja) Login and sign up and see review text.

  • By Richard Jennings
    1/8/2012, (See more on 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


  • 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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