Lopez de Heredia is one of the oldest and most traditional producers in Rioja starting in 1877. They are known for their remarkably long aging process with all their wines. The Tondonia Reserva is aged 6 years in used American oak then 6 years in bottle prior to releasing to the market. This wine is all about complexities and secondary flavors rather than fruit flavors although the wine is remarkably fresh given its age. It’s a wine that you need to sit and contemplate while drinking, taking mental notes of all the spice aromas and umami flavors that emerge from the glass. The 2005 vintage is slightly richer than the 2004 although still somewhat light in body. This is an incredibly satisfying wine at this price and a wine that can age for many years.