R. López de Heredia Viña Tondonia Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2007

$52

Lopez de Heredia is in many ways a standard bearer for a traditional style of Rioja in Spain. Since the property was founded in 1877, they have been a source for long lived wines of extremely high quality.andnbsp; They farm all their vineyards organically and only bottle wines from estate grown fruit, both relative rarities in the region. Famously they hold back the wines until they are ready to drink, often releasing the Reserva after 10-15 years and the rare Gran Reserva up to 30 years after the vintage.andnbsp;The Tondonia vineyard is the source of their most prestigious wines, a single vineyard spanning over 100 HA planted primarily to Tempranillo, with Garnacho and small percentages of Graciano and Mazuelo.andnbsp;The 2007 Tondonia Reserva shares the restraint typical of this cuvandeacute;e, showing earth and tobacco over top of blackberry and cassis with subtle hints of pungent spice.andnbsp; The palate is elegant, featuring resolved tannins on its mid-weight frame braced by lifted acidity. Neither brash nor overtly forward, this is immensely satisfying Rioja, especially in the context of a good meal.

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Ratings on Delectable

Jonathan Clark Delectable Pro

9

9

9.1

Jay Eagan Delectable Pro

.375 with lunch - really hanging in there! Delicious.

.375 with lunch - really hanging in there! Delicious.

9.2

Martin Bergo Delectable Pro

Despite being a cool low-rated vintage with light wines in the region, Lopez de Heredia delivers a sumptuous rich but elegant wine. Clear ruby in color; nose is extraordinarily floral from a nice oak profile, and with notes of small ripe red berries, pepper, and coffee; light bodied at 13% alcohol but strangely enough mouth filling with high acidity and a long finish. Super elegant!

Despite being a cool low-rated vintage with light wines in the region, Lopez de Heredia delivers a sumptuous rich but elegant wine. Clear ruby in color; nose is extraordinarily floral from a nice oak profile, and with notes of small ripe red berries, pepper, and coffee; light bodied at 13% alcohol but strangely enough mouth filling with high acidity and a long finish. Super elegant!

9.3

Jay Kline Delectable Pro

I’m always excited to try a new vintage of Tondonia and earlier this week, I got to try the 2007 for the first time. A significant departure from the 2006 which was (and remains currently) open for business with very little coaxing, the 2007 is austere and loaded with VA. Some aggressive decanting was able to get the VA to blow off and slowly but surely it started to open up, revealing some high quality and seriously dark cherry fruit. A heady, serious wine that needs loads of patience right now if this bottle is representative. Hold or decant for 24 hours.

I’m always excited to try a new vintage of Tondonia and earlier this week, I got to try the 2007 for the first time. A significant departure from the 2006 which was (and remains currently) open for business with very little coaxing, the 2007 is austere and loaded with VA. Some aggressive decanting was able to get the VA to blow off and slowly but surely it started to open up, revealing some high quality and seriously dark cherry fruit. A heady, serious wine that needs loads of patience right now if this bottle is representative. Hold or decant for 24 hours.

9.1

Fredrik Finn Delectable Pro

Now when we’ve been praising the new generation of Rioja, it is time to pay tribute to a classic, and there’s nothing more classic in Rioja than R. Lopez de Heredia. The 2007 Reserva is a homerun, aged with such an grace yet with a vital fruit, balanced between the clusters as it‘s evolving from its primary red fruit that is spiced with a volatile lift, through herbs, cedar and leather before hitting the earth with mushrooms and truffles. The palate glides through with a silky texture, yet with a good grip, well defined presence and a proud posture.

Now when we’ve been praising the new generation of Rioja, it is time to pay tribute to a classic, and there’s nothing more classic in Rioja than R. Lopez de Heredia. The 2007 Reserva is a homerun, aged with such an grace yet with a vital fruit, balanced between the clusters as it‘s evolving from its primary red fruit that is spiced with a volatile lift, through herbs, cedar and leather before hitting the earth with mushrooms and truffles. The palate glides through with a silky texture, yet with a good grip, well defined presence and a proud posture.

9.3

Dr. Owen Bargreen Delectable Pro

The R. Lopez Heredia ‘Vina Tondonia Reserva’ Rioja was sourced from what was generally a challenging, low-yielding vintage in Rioja, that was somehow rated ‘very good.’ The wine is a gorgeous blend of Tempranillo (75%), Garnacho (15%), Graciano and Mazuelo (10%) that was aged for six years before bottling. Needing an hour in the decanter to fully evolve, the ‘Vina Tondonia Reserva’ shows pretty red cherry cordial and wild blackberry tones that are woven together with dark licorice, pencil shavings and suggestions of wild mushroom that all take shape in the glass. The palate is round and generous, showing really good range from menthol to black cherry compote, Umami and suggestions of red bell pepper with Mandarin orange rind undertones that sing in unison. The freshness and verve of the wine that combine with the weight seriously impresses. Every bit outstanding, this is amongst the best of the vintage. Drink 2020-2038- 95

The R. Lopez Heredia ‘Vina Tondonia Reserva’ Rioja was sourced from what was generally a challenging, low-yielding vintage in Rioja, that was somehow rated ‘very good.’ The wine is a gorgeous blend of Tempranillo (75%), Garnacho (15%), Graciano and Mazuelo (10%) that was aged for six years before bottling. Needing an hour in the decanter to fully evolve, the ‘Vina Tondonia Reserva’ shows pretty red cherry cordial and wild blackberry tones that are woven together with dark licorice, pencil shavings and suggestions of wild mushroom that all take shape in the glass. The palate is round and generous, showing really good range from menthol to black cherry compote, Umami and suggestions of red bell pepper with Mandarin orange rind undertones that sing in unison. The freshness and verve of the wine that combine with the weight seriously impresses. Every bit outstanding, this is amongst the best of the vintage. Drink 2020-2038- 95

9.5

Mike R Delectable Pro

Not my fav Tempranillo- needs to sleep for another 10 years but I suspect it will not get much better - the 2007 was given a 95 by JS and RP but I don’t get that - way too fruit forward without the integration I was expecting - almost believe I did something wrong in comparing my experience to the critics

Not my fav Tempranillo- needs to sleep for another 10 years but I suspect it will not get much better - the 2007 was given a 95 by JS and RP but I don’t get that - way too fruit forward without the integration I was expecting - almost believe I did something wrong in comparing my experience to the critics

9.0

Luke Martin

S'good isn't it

S'good isn't it

9.3

Daniel Bloom

Dark cherries, oak spice, Leather. It smells ancient yet fresh. Bright acidity, Red fruits on the palate retort of cherries. Great mouthfeel. How many fonts are on their labels? I think 12.

Dark cherries, oak spice, Leather. It smells ancient yet fresh. Bright acidity, Red fruits on the palate retort of cherries. Great mouthfeel. How many fonts are on their labels? I think 12.

9.3

Ian Hamel

2020 fall. One thing I love about Tondonia (and Bosconia) is that it’s always ready to go on release - even when it still feels a little primary, like the 2007. That’s in comparison even to wines like the Imperial or Vina Real Gran Reservas, which still feel quite young at 8-10 years

2020 fall. One thing I love about Tondonia (and Bosconia) is that it’s always ready to go on release - even when it still feels a little primary, like the 2007. That’s in comparison even to wines like the Imperial or Vina Real Gran Reservas, which still feel quite young at 8-10 years

9.2

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