1985 Lopez de Heredia "Vina Tondonia" Gran Reserva Rioja

SKU #1007211 94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Pale orange-red color, greeny-gold at the rim. Knockout ethereal nose combines strawberry, minerals, maple syrup, black toffee, truffle and autumn leaves. Juicy, pungent, precise and minerally; a Chambolle style of Rioja, weightless in the best possible way. Dry, brisk and fresh, with penetrating cherry fruit. This will get your salivary glands working. Finishes bright, subtle and long, with easygoing, perfectly integrated tannins and a whiplash of flavor. (ST)  (7/2003)

91 points John Gilman

 The 1985 Viña Tondonia is drinking very well today, and while it may not possess quite the inner core necessary for a very long life (by López de Heredia’s lofty standards), it will make a fine dining partner for at least the next fifteen years. The refined bouquet is a mélange of baked raspberries, woodsmoke, a touch of gamebird, cloves and spicy soil tones. On the palate the wine is fullish, complex, poised and elegant, with moderate depth, but nice intensity of flavor, and exhibits plenty of breed on the complex and tangy finish.  (2/2009)

K&L Notes

Indicative blend: Predominantly Tempranillo with Garnacho, Mazuelo, and Graciano.

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