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Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Gran Reserva Rioja 2000

Winemaker's Notes:

Auge: tiefes Rot; Nase: elegant, schöne Mischung von Kassis, Sauerkirsche, Vanillenoten, Tabak, Pfeffer; Gaumen: samtig, angenehm, fleischig, voluminös. Intensive Aromen von Sabayone, roten Früchten, Lakritze, gewürztem Brot, Klette und wilden Wachholderbeeren.

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Editorial Reviews for Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Gran Reserva Rioja

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065212,971
4.00 5
11/07/2008

This opens with just a touch of an acetic tone then turns layered with an earthy, leathery core of jellied raspberry fruit with a touch of vanilla and high tones of pepper, cedar, and a brisk saline note. With airing this gains nuanced floral and star anise tones as well as a smoky top note. In the mouth this is really bright with zesty, mouth cleansing acids framing slightly spicy yet intense strawberry fruit. There is an edge of Burgundian funk adding complexity on the lovely medium bodied mid-palate and a glassy mineral note pops out on the backend leading to a medium length finish with brisk strawberry and pomegranate tones. This would be killer with a fine Paella Valenciana! 89pts


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3.50 5
11/07/2008

Floral, red fruit nose. The palate is bright with some black pepper and spice. Holds a lot of juicy red fruit, mostly strawberries. Quite an interesting wine.


Snooth User: Chris Carpita
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4.50 5
11/07/2008

This beautiful wine manages richness of raspberry flavors and delicacy in the palate, with a sharp butter and pepper finish.


Snooth User: solomania9
63312,961
3.50 5
11/07/2008

Extremely smooth and slick. A bit of a tang on the finish. A little mineral watery, but pleasant. Thin tasting without a lot of body, but tastes well made.

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  • Snooth User: Philip James
    112,549
    2.50 5
    11/07/2008

    Light on the nose, but with an interesting chemical quality thats barely present. Aged and mellowing, retaining high acidity. Its very mineral - like sucking on a small pebble (the acidity makes the mouth water which helps with this analogy). Fairly meaty and earthy.


    Snooth User: Lucha Vino
    24961290,396
    3.50 5
    09/12/2011

    The nose is funky with forest floor, mushrooms and some sour minerality all mixed together with rose petals, smoke and some light red licorice. The palate is a bit more straight forward (how could it not be?) with a sour strawberry and cedar tartness. As the wine breathes and warms up it starts conjuring up images of Pinot Noir. Very interesting wine.


    Snooth User: Erica Landin
    107367137,501
    4.50 5
    08/14/2012

    One of my favorite rosés of all time. Gorgeous, different, beautifully oxidized (the Riojanas call it "nobel oxidation"). Food friendly. Where I am (Sweden) the 2000 has sold out and the next rosé vintage is 2006 which will be released in 2016 so if I were you I'd grab one while they last.


    Snooth User: solomania9
    63312,961
    4.00 5
    02/26/2009

    Since my Dec 08 review I've tried some old barolos, and this shares some of their round fungal acidic traits, but with more of an acidic greeting. Sublimely mellow and loud at the same time. With each sip I taste something new, but I'll be damned if I can name them all.

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    External Reviews for Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Gran Reserva Rioja

    External Review
    Source: Flaschenpost Weinservice GmbH
    04/16/2009

    Ein fleischiger Wein, mit gelungenem, sehr feinem Frucht-Säure-Tanninspiel! Ein nuancenreicher Wein, sehr nachhaltig, mit guter Lagerfähigkeit: doch auch schon in der Jugend ein grosser Trinkgenuss!


    External Review
    08/25/2008

    Coming from the family-run and very traditional Lopez de Heredia estate, this wine has notes of strawberry, blood orange, pomegranate, coconut, and exotic spices. Vi¤a Bosconia is produced from the juice of Tempranillo, Garnacha, Mazuelo, and Graciano, aged for three years in American oak barrels. The winery is one of the few in Rioja still owned by its founding family.


    External Review
    10/01/2008

    This wine has evolved perfectly showing a deep ruby colour with shades of orange. Its nose is persistent, full bodied and showing a lot of mature fruit, being dominated by the Tempranillo grape. Its taste is round, smooth, fresh, full of body and persistent (Lopez Heredia).


    External Review
    03/28/2013

    In the style of the house, this wine is light in body and mature in tone, with persistent and complex flavor. The color shows touches of oxidation, as does the initial aromas. But if you stay with the wine, earthy cherry flavors come up, minerality develops, and the mellow power only seems to gain focus. Decant this for roast pheasant with chanterelles.


    External Review
    03/28/2013

    Berry, spicy, leaf, vanilla and orange peel notes mingle in this lively red. It’s light-bodied, yet has good grip and bright acidity. Expressive, clean and refreshing, in the traditional style. Tempranillo, Garnacha, Graziano and Mazuelo. Drink now through 2010.


    External Review
    Source: Flaschenpost Weinservice GmbH
    02/05/2013

    Auge: tiefes Rot; Nase: elegant, schöne Mischung von Kassis, Sauerkirsche, Vanillenoten, Tabak, Pfeffer; Gaumen: samtig, angenehm, fleischig, voluminös. Intensive Aromen von Sabayone, roten Früchten, Lakritze, gewürztem Brot, Klette und wilden Wachholderbeeren.


    External Review
    05/19/2010

    This rosado has a copper-orange color with gold at the rim and red at the core. The nose is a mesmerizing, ever-changing mosaic of orange, cinnamon, tobacco, and stones. On the palate it shows complex flavors of apricot, pomegranate, cinnamon, butterscotch, and cloves, then becomes delicate and ethereal on the finish.


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    Tasting Notes:

    Smooth and fresh with body and complexity due to barrel ageing.

    Auge: tiefes Rot; Nase: elegant, schöne Mischung von Kassis, Sauerkirsche, Vanillenoten, Tabak, Pfeffer; Gaumen: samtig, angenehm, fleischig, voluminös. Intensive Aromen von Sabayone, roten Früchten, Lakritze, gewürztem Brot, Klette und wilden Wachholderbeeren.

    Dietary Information: Organic

    25000 bottles produced.

    Notes: Aged in barrels for four and a half years, being racked twice a year and fined with fresh egg whites.

    Wine Specs:

    Total Acidity: 6 grams per liter

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