1994 Lopez de Heredia "Viña Tondonia" Gran Reserva Rioja

SKU #1110116 96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 1994 Vina Tondonia Gran Reserva has an elegant bouquet with light red cherries, orange blossom, mahogany bureau and burnt buttered toast. The palate has a meaty, savory entry with crisp tannins and racy acidity. It displays superb structure towards the finish where one finds notes of bitter lemon, orange peel and sage. Delicious! Drink now-2030+  (8/2012)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (75% tempranillo, 15% garnacha, 5% graciano and 5% mazuelo): Full red. Wild, highly perfumed aromas of candied cherry, plum, anise, cured tobacco, Asian spices and vanilla, with smoke and allspice nuances. Sappy, seamless and expansive, offering sweet red and dark berry flavors and suggestions of candied rose and spicecake. In the glass, takes on weight with no loss of vivacity. Silky tannins build on and carry through a very long, smoke- and mineral-accented finish. No way I'd have guessed that this was an 18-year-old wine.  (9/2012)

Jancis Robinson

 This wine had so much more richness and life on the nose than the two grand clarets at about the same price poured alongside (Chapelle de la Mission 2007 and Gruaud Larose 2003). A touch gamey after all those years in American oak but without any trace of decay. Admirable freshness.

K&L Notes

Lopez de Heredia makes some of the most traditional wines in Rioja. Wines that are elegant, lithe, ageworthy (and often ageless), ethereal, and must haves for any serious cellar. If the Bosconia gran reservas mimic very good, aged Burgundy, Tondonia would be the Bordeaux counterpart. As the cellar keeps an extensive library, in their constantly cool, humid, mold covered cellar, the provenance of these bottles is typically first rate. Lopez de Heredia: true artisans, keepers of the flame, and if you ask us, a Spanish national treasure.

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By: Illya Haase | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/26/2012 | Send Email
With the holiday season nearly upon us. It is time to throw out some Christmas hints to my wife and family. You can never go wrong with any of the Lopez de Heredia wines. But, if I had a choice it would be 1994 Lopez de Heredia "Viña Tondonia" Gran Reserva. This wine has such beautiful structure and balance. Great dark fruit and chocolate spice on the palate. Then that wonderful nerve of minerality on the finish! This is a bottle you can laid down for another 20 years. So if you get a bottle for the holidays. Your welcome!

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Varietal:

Tempranillo

- A very important red grape varietal that's native to Northern Spain, grown across the north and central regions of the country. Low in acid and alcohol, with subtle strawberry, leather and tobacco notes, the grape responds well to oak aging and plays particularly well with others. Tempranillo is an important component, when combined with Garnacha, Mazuelo, Viura and Graciano, of Rioja, with the best examples coming for the cooler, higher-elevation regions like Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa. It is also grown in significant quantities in the Ribera del Duero where it is called Tinto Fino and Penèdes where it is called Ull de Llebre o Ojo de Llebre. Tempranillo hasn't gained a particularly strong foothold outside of Spain, achieving some success under the name Tinto Roriz in Portugal. There it is used as a component of Port and in the table wines of the Ribera del Duero and the Dão.
Country:

Spain

- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.
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Rioja

Alcohol Content (%): 12