The 2007 vintage of this Spanish red wine by Bodegas López de Heredia was a Very Good one according to the Rioja Regulatory Board. Harvest began the first week of October, and production was slightly below average.
Meticulously harvested and selected, the vinification of the grapes was carried out following the same techniques that, established more than a century ago, have put the López de Heredia-Viña Tondonia winery in a class of its own.
Once the process was completed, the wine was aged for 6 years in oak barrels, with two annual rackings.
Prior to its bottling, Viña Tondonia Reserva 2007 was clarified with egg whites. It was not filtered, however, in order to preserve its traditional character.
Needless to say, this reserva from La Rioja has a wonderful ageing potential.
The red wine Viña Tondonia Reserva has a medium, ruby-coloured robe with a brick red rim.
Deep and enticing. The first impression of this red wine by the López de Heredia winery is defined by some spicy notes of vanilla and clove, along with fine leather, smoke and withered herbs. As the wine opens, it shows notes of ripe red fruit, some remembrances of flowers and a dash of tobacco, cocoa and arabica coffee.
Classicisim at its best. This red wine from La Rioja is fresh, linear and smooth. Notes of red berries, Havana cigars, cedar desk and Oriental spices. Tense acidity, typical of Viña Tondonia, medium body and a long, dreamy persistance.
|Our personal opinion||
Extremely versatile, Viña Tondonia Reserva 2007 will be the best companion in a divinely decadent evening. Just try it with some French Foie Gras or some premium Ibérico ham.
Viña Tondonia Reserva 2006:
Enterwine 94. Parker 95.
Viña Tondonia Reserva 2004:
Parker 94. Enterwine 92.
Viña Tondonia Reserva 2003:
|Bottle size||75 cl|
|Should this wine be decanted?||30 minutes before serving|
|Does this wine follow the guidelines of biodynamic Farming?||No|
|Is this product free of sulfites?||No|
|Type of ageing||Months in French oak barrels|
|Number of months aged in Barrels||72|
|Name of Award||No|
|Percentage of variety||Tempranillo 70%, Garnacha Tinta 20%, Graciano 5%, Mazuelo 5%.|
|Pairings||Birds, Cooked foods, Cow´s cheese, Cured cheeses, Foie Gras, Mushrooms, Pasta with red sauce and meat, Risotto, Roasted lamb, Roasted lamb ribs, Roasted red meats, Rosted piglet, Specialty Spanish prosciutto , Vegetables, Vegetables|
|Taste||Light, easy to drink, Silky and intense, Tasty with barrel notes|
|Occasion||Business dinner, Dinner with friends, Family reunion, Romantic Dinner, To bring to an engagement|
The kind of wine I like. Smooth on the mouth, with nice flavours and a gentle all the way til the end.
Very traditional, great quality, old style Rioja, which still has stunning freshness and acidity, long and fruity taste. Strong recommendation !
Yes, this truly ia an extraterrestial wine. Class, age-worthiness and subtelty embodied. Very young and very old at the same time. Spellbinding.