Spot Offer #110: New Releases from Lopez de Heredia

[ Lopez de Heredia ]

Each year we receive limited access to a line-up of rare and collectible wines from Lopez de Heredia. This offer is open until November 20th 2015 with wines scheduled to arrive in late January/early February 2016. For more information about Lopez de Heredia you can check out their Producer Profile page here. Online orders can be placed by completing the form at the bottom of this page following the list of wines on offer.


2005 Vina Gravonia Crianza (White)

“The 2005 Viña Gravonia Blanco Crianza, from a harvest that was slightly shorter than 2004 but of a similar quality, is pure Viura from very old vines fermented in old oak vats and matured in old oak barrels for four years. It starts off slightly reduced, and needs time and air, so decanting in advance is not out of place. The palate is much more precise, pungent, intense, very balanced and persistent. The nose finally comes on its own with developed notes of petrol, beeswax and chamomile, perhaps a little more evolved than its siblings. This is a white full of personality, ready now. Character, at very good price. 52,000 bottles produced.”

93/100 Points – Luis Gutierrez / eRobertParker.com

$36.00 per 750mL / $216 per case (6 x 750mL)


2002 Vina Tondonia Reserva (White)

(2002 vintage has not yet been reviewed – this review is for the 2001 vintage)

“Cropped from one highly acclaimed vintage, the 2001 Viña Tondonia Blanco Reserva was harvested between October 8 and 15, like in the old times. It was produced as always with 90% Viura and the rest Malvasía Riojana fermented in very old oak vats with natural yeasts and matured in well-seasoned oak barrels for six years. The white varieties are always planted in the stonier, whiter soils. There is an extra dimension of freshness in this 2001, with even some citric hints intermixed with yellow flowers and herbal tea notes. With time in the glass it keeps developing aromas and changing all the time; at one point it even smelled of “turrón,” the Spanish nougat produced with almonds and honey, perhaps bitter almonds. Hmmmm! This is approachable now and will keep in bottle. This is a great vintage for this wine. Given the financial effort to keep this wine for such a long time and the quality it delivers, this is very good value for money. 11,000 bottles were produced.”

94/100 Points – Luis Gutierrez / eRobertParker.com

$55.00 per 750mL / $330 per case (6 x 750mL)


2003 Vina Tondonia Reserva (Red)

“From one of the warmest summers in recent history, the 2003 Viña Tondonia Reserva might not show that much heat as María José López de Heredia, this is a Viña Tondonia 6º año, a wine matured for six years and always a blend of grape varieties and vintages. It is legally possible to have up to 15% of wine from a different vintage as the one shown on the label. She says their wines do not vary that much from vintage to vintage because of this. The house blend is around 70% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacho (notice the masculine use of Garnacha), 5% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo fermented in old (up to 140 years old) oak vats with natural yeasts (“we have never added any yeasts” was her answer). The wine has a canonical 12.5% alcohol and 6.5 grams of acidity. It matured in (used) barrels for six years and was bottled unfiltered. Even if they want to avoid the imprint from the vintage, it’s impossible to erase the effect of the torrid 2003. The wine is less Tondonia than the 2004, and the fruit is more obvious and forward. The palate is fuller than your average vintage, juicy and ripe. An approachable Tondonia Reserva to drink on the younger side. 245,000 bottles produced.”

90/100 Points – Luis Gutierrez / eRobertParker.com

$55.00 per 750mL / $330 per case (6 x 750mL)


2003 Vina Tondonia Reserva (Red) – Magnums

“From one of the warmest summers in recent history, the 2003 Viña Tondonia Reserva might not show that much heat as María José López de Heredia, this is a Viña Tondonia 6º año, a wine matured for six years and always a blend of grape varieties and vintages. It is legally possible to have up to 15% of wine from a different vintage as the one shown on the label. She says their wines do not vary that much from vintage to vintage because of this. The house blend is around 70% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacho (notice the masculine use of Garnacha), 5% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo fermented in old (up to 140 years old) oak vats with natural yeasts (“we have never added any yeasts” was her answer). The wine has a canonical 12.5% alcohol and 6.5 grams of acidity. It matured in (used) barrels for six years and was bottled unfiltered. Even if they want to avoid the imprint from the vintage, it’s impossible to erase the effect of the torrid 2003. The wine is less Tondonia than the 2004, and the fruit is more obvious and forward. The palate is fuller than your average vintage, juicy and ripe. An approachable Tondonia Reserva to drink on the younger side. 245,000 bottles produced.”

90/100 Points – Luis Gutierrez / eRobertParker.com

$120.00 per 1.5L / $720 per case (6 x 1.5L)


2007 Vina Cubillo Crianza (Red)

“The 2007 Viña Cubillo Crianza is the most affordable red. It is a wine that was born to go with tapas and to be sold at local restaurants showing a combination of fruit and the earth where the vines grow. It is a blend of the usual 70% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacho, 5% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo fermented in old oak vats with natural yeasts and matured in barrel for three years. The intoxicating nose shows blood orange, bitter cherries, leather and spices in a subtle and balanced way. The palate is sinewy, polished, has good acidity and is not terribly complex nor powerful, but is built more on the subtlety and lightness.This could well be the best Cubillo of recent times. 95,000 bottles produced.”

91+/100 Points – Luis Gutierrez / eRobertParker.com

$34.00 per 750mL / $204 per case (6 x 750mL)


2004 Vina Bosconia Reserva (Red)

“The 2004 Vina Bosconia Reserva is a blend of 80% Tempranillo, 15% Garnacho and the remaining 5% Mazuelo and Graciano aged for five years in used barrels, racked twice per year and fined with egg whites before being bottled unfiltered. Dark ruby-colored, with notes of beef blood, iron, antique shop, incense, blood orange and a touch of volatile acidity, the palate is very fresh, with good concentration, clear flavors and enough grip and fruit to age gracefully. A perfumed and feminine great Rioja. The Bosconia vineyard wines are the only ones from Lopez de Heredia bottled in Burgundy bottles. Drink now-2024.”

93/100 Points – Luis Gutierrez / eRobertParker.com

$47.00 per 750mL / $282 per case (6 x 750mL)


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Pulling corks and pushing cases as a third generation wine importer in Ontario, Canada selling fine wines and spirits produced by families - not factories. Get the full story at winetrader.ca

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