Lopez de Heredia : Vina Tondonia Reserva 2005
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Lopez de Heredia : Vina Tondonia Reserva 2005

La Rioja - Rioja - Red Lopez de Heredia Lopez de Heredia 2005 J724/05
  • Parker : 93
Vibrant amber red this blend of Tempranillo, Granacho and Mazuelo is aged in barrel for six years before being fined and bottled. Light and fresh on the nose notes of dried berry and vanilla dominate. Rich, dry, smooth, balanced and defined by ripe and firm tannins this wine is supple and complex. Pairs well with meat and rich mushroom dishes.

Wine Advocate-Parker :
The 2005 Viña Tondonia Reserva is a blend of 70% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacho, 5% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo from their vineyards in the meander of the Ebro River, where they have some 100 hectares of vineyards. The wine fermented in the original oak vats that are now some 140 years of age. There is no temperature control and malolactic was also in the vat. The wine was transferred to oak barrels where it slowly matured in their deep, humid caves for no less than six years. After this, it was bottled unfiltered after being fined with egg whites. I think the quality gap between the Reserva and Gran Reserva has been getting smaller since the 2001 vintage and this 2005 is nothing short of exceptional. It's clean and complex, with more freshness. The wine is very spicy and with a palate that feels very balanced, livelier than in the past. It has a long finish where the flavors are clean. Easy to drink and very pleasurable. Some 250,000 bottles were produced in 2005.
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