Lopez de Heredia

2008 Rioja Reserva Red Vina Tondonia

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Why We Love It:

In my opinion there is no more perfect wine for fall than the spicy and complex barrel-aged Tempranillo based reds of the Rioja. And across this famous and diverse Spanish wine region, there are many great producers – but none more individual, characterful and sought after than the iconic Vina Tondonia from Lopez de Heredia

This family winery, founded in 1877, is home to uber-traditional style wines; vinous treasure allowed to age slowly in both barrel and bottle for years, sometimes decades, before they are even released to market.

The result is complexity and drinking pleasure that is unmatched. Tempranillo, especially when grown at high altitude, has tremendous freshness and natural acidity. Extended aging allows for this acidity to soften and integrate into the wine gracefully. Aging in barrel and bottle further contributes a myriad of savoury, spicy and aromatic flavours and aromas.

Recipes & Food Pairings:

Bright acidity, a good concentrated core of red fruit and abundant spicy complexity make this wine very well suited to pairing next to game, full-flavoured bird dishes, pork and beef. Here are a few bits of culinary inspiration to get you started:

Hand-Chopped Beef Tartare w/ Black Truffle Caviar – RECIPE
Roast Duck Breast w/ Black Currant Pan Sauce – RECIPE
Pappardelle w/ Mushrooms & Smoked Duck – RECIPE

Price:

BOTTLE: $61.95 per 750mL

CASE: $734.40 (case of 12 bottles)

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Technical Specs:

ALCOHOL: 12.5%

BOTTLE: 750mL

Case Pack: 12 x 750mL

GRAPES: 70% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha & 5% Mazuelo & 5% Graciano

CLOSURE: Natural Cork

CELLAR POTENTIAL: Now to 2040

SERVING TEMPERATURE: 16°C to 18°C

Tasting Notes:

James Suckling awarded the 2007 vintage 95 points and spoke to the process behind this flagship wine: ‘This wine spends six years in barrique … before racking into large casks and then bottling three years before the expected release …’ Suckling described the wine as ‘… Attractive [with] … earth and dried sage … blackberries, cedar, cigar tobacco and fresh leather.’

95/100 Points

James Suckling

“Tondonia’s reds have been on an upward curve recently and are now at the same level as the bodega’s world-class whites. This is a fine, elegant, savoury, low-alcohol blend of Tempranillo with 20% Garnacha and 5% each of Mazuelo and Graciano, combining summer berry fruit, racy acidity, granular tannins and an earthy, balsamic undertone. Good now, but this will develop further in bottle. 2020-28.”

97/100 Points

Tim Atkin, MW

Lopez de Heredia – 2008 Rioja Reserva Vina Tondonia

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