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Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia 2008 (75 cl)
Tempranillo
Spain

 

Average critic rating: 95,2

Parker : 95   Suckling : 95   Vinous 94   Robinson : 18   Decanter : 96   Falstaff: 94+

A classic Rioja. To be compared with more modern Spanish wines. From my point of view, the modern and the old marry perfectly. Each is beautiful in its own way and enriches the interior space.
A classic Rioja, but lively and fresh. Currants, dried cherries, crunchy and dried fruits highlight the very present spices; Vanilla, tobacco, chocolate, smoky, liquorice, toasted oak complete the picture. The long finish is lively with melted tannins.  

To be enjoyed around a milk-fed lamb roasted with thyme, or accompanied by a chorizo cake, or even a grilled rib of beef.

 

Robert Parker: 95/100

The nose of Viña Tondonia Reserva 2008 is very elegant, fresh and with a touch of herbs, beginning to show the complexity of aged wines which are sometimes still too young when released more than 10 years from the vintage! The palate is medium bodied, with lightness and depth, very classic with extra freshness and everything needed for a long bottle development. This is the most Tondonia of the two vintages I tasted side by side. There are notes of maple syrup, smoke, licorice and crunchy fruit. The palate is more austere, crunchy and reveals the calcareous character of the soils. There is more definition and precision here.

Luis Gutteriez - October 30, 202
Maturity: 2020 - 2030

 

James Suckling: 95/100

Lots of dried fruit with plum, light raisins, chocolate and toasty oak. Some balsamic nuances. White truffles and dried flowers. Medium body, creamy tannins and savory balsamic notes. Extreme and unique, as always. Drink now.

James Suckling - 02 novembre 2020

 

Vinous: 94/100

Dark garnet with shiny edges. The expressive bouquet features scents of red and black currant, dried cherry, cigar box, vanilla, rose oil and dried tobacco, along with a top note of cooking spices. Flavors of red and black berries, floral pastilles and chewing tobacco are seductively sweet and energetic, well-focused and spicy. Notes of candied rose and vanilla linger on the long, lively finish, which is framed by soft, well-balanced tannins.

Josh Raynolds - Avril 2021 
Maturity: 2021-2032

 

Jancis Robinson: 18/20 

A smell of red apple skin. The snap of green beans. Mushroom compost. Coffee beans in a yuzu syrup. How to describe this wine at the end of a long tasting... it's just indescribably beautiful. A Lindenberg poem? Shadows on the cobblestones? A sunset illuminating old stone walls? Roasted chestnuts on a winter night? It defies description. I wanted to spend hours with this wine, to let myself be enchanted by it with total abandon. Criminally underpaid. VVGV (TC)

Jancis Robinson - September 21, 2021
Maturity: 2020-2035

 

Decanter: 96/100

A classic Rioja, yes, but one that has its own signature, beautiful and distinctive. This is such an elegant and graceful wine, so silky in texture and so remarkably fresh and balanced between wild strawberry, cherry, a hint of incense and savory, truffle notes. Long, fine and tapered finish.

David Williams - October 18, 2021.
Maturity: 2021-2040

 

Falstaff: 94+/100

Ulrich Sauter - October 01, 2021

 

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