Why We Love It:
Riveting. Scintillating. Masterful.
These three words may indeed be an understatement when describing the acts of pure genius – bordering on magic – that transpire in the cellars of Lopez de Heredia in Spain’s Rioja. There is no winery in Spain – and likely no winery anywhere in the world – that has embraced traditional old school flavours and processes with as much style, elegance and success as Lopez de Heredia. These wines reach market older than most as the winery believes in extended aging ahead of release – but make no mistake, wines such as the 2009 Rioja Reserva from their Tondonia Vineyard have a ton of life left ahead of them.
And as if the widely acknowledged and celebrated longevity of this wine wasn’t enough all on it’s own, today we have the privilege of offering access to a very small number of 1.5L bottles. Larger format bottles age even more gracefully and have a longer drinking horizon than standard 750mL bottles making these a must-have for serious wine collectors and those who love the experience of drinking well-aged wines.
Bodegas Lopez de Heredia is one the great wine producers of Spain. For more than 137 years, this venerable and grand name has been a benchmark for classic traditional Rioja wines. Great wine producers around the world seem constantly engaged in a never-ending debate over the relative merits of progress vs tradition, struggling to find the right balance between embracing technology and its apparent benefits, while not turning their backs on the very central role that history and heritage play in the production of fine wines.
And then there is Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia…
There is perhaps no better example of a wine producer anywhere on earth that has thrown all their chips in on tradition, history and heritage – and few dispute that for more than 130 years they’ve had the right cards to win that bet – than Lopez de Heredia. The Tondonia vineyard was established in 1913. This property has been the essence of the family estate, yielding the raw materials that have made Lopez de Heredia a singular producer of wines epitomizing the profile and style that has made Rioja one of Spain’s preeminent wine regions.
There is little doubt these will all be snapped up in a matter of minutes. You’ll need to act quickly today to avoid disappointment.
Recipes & Food Pairings:
Here are a selection of recipes if you would like to try out some of our favourite food pairing suggestions:
Slow-Roasted Andalusian-Style Lamb & Potatoes – RECIPE
Roast Chicken Stuffed w/ Chorizo – RECIPE
Queso Stuffed Padron Peppers w/ Romesco – RECIPE
BOTTLE: $139.95 per 750mL
Case Pack: 6 x 750mL
GRAPES: Tempranillo, Garnacha, Mazuelo & Graciano
CLOSURE: Natural Cork
CELLAR POTENTIAL: Now to 2040
SERVING TEMPERATURE: 14°C to 16°C
“Sweet berries, cherries, cedar and dried flowers on the nose. Some lemon and lime zest, too! Medium-to full-bodied with tight, integrated tannins that show wonderful length and reserve. So fresh and vivid. Lots of energy. A wonderful, classic wine.”
97 out of 100 Points (JamesSuckling.com)
Lopez de Heredia – 2009 Rioja Reserva “Vina Tondonia” MAGNUMS