Made by one of Spain's master of tradition, this wine is all about complexities and secondary flavors rather than fruit flavors. Remarkably fresh given its age, this is a wine to sit and contemplate while drinking, taking mental notes of the spice aromas
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. It is a blend of 75% Tempranillo, 15% Garnacha, 5% Graciano, and 5% Mazuelo.
Following the appreciation of the 2007 vintage from María José López de Heredia, the red 2007 Viña Tondonia Reserva is showing great, revealing unusual finesse and elegance. The nose is a little reticent but nuanced and complex, a little shy rather than explosive. The palate is medium-bodied, and the tannins are very refined. This has to be one of the finest vintages of Viña Tondonia Reserva of recent years. 200,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in November 2015. (LG) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 96 pts.