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R. Lopez de Heredia Rioja Vina Tondonia Blanco Reserva 2011

$75
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  • Many hold that the white wines from this storied estate are its greatest glory. Certainly, they defy the passage of time like almost no others on earth. It will live longer than me, and maybe you, too.

    • Vintage: 2011
    • Appellation: D.O.Ca. Rioja
    • Grapes: Viura (90%), Malvasía (10%)
    • Aging period: 6 years in oak barrels.
    • Oak: Self-produced American oak.
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    Robert Parker, 93 pts

    "The 2011 Viña Tondonia Blanco Reserva reflects a warm and ripe year, and the wine is more evolved and already hints at some caramel and honey. It has a mellow palate without the vibrancy of the 2010 I tasted next to it. This wine matured in used, ancient American oak barrels for six years. 19,000 bottles were filled in November 2019."

  •  R. Lopez de Heredia

    This family-owned winery makes highly individual wines in a style essentially unchanged since its inception in 1877. They grow all their grapes using organic methods, ferment using only natural yeasts, and do not filter their wines. They employ four full-time coopers to make their barrels.

    Gravonia, Tondonia, Bosconia and Cubillo are all individual vineyards that have been in the family for generations. Patience is a family watchword, as this bodega thinks nothing of waiting twenty years before releasing a wine. Their “Crianzas” are aged like others’ “Reservas” and “Gran Reservas”; the “Reservas” as long as others’ top “Gran Reservas”. And the ultimate accolade of “Gran Reserva” is accorded to only the very greatest vintages. Rarely are there more than three of these in a decade. These are uniquely traditional Riojas of massive, boundary-crossing repute.

    Both red and white are capable of staggering longevity. We are immensely proud to present one of this winery's flagship wines to you.