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2009 Lopez de Heredia "Viña Tondonia" Gran Reserva Rosado Rioja

SKU #1415358 95 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Attractive, sweetly aromatic, red-floral perfume with dried red cherries and some dried strawberries, too. Only hints of leather here. The palate has a beautifully fresh, succulent and elegantly focused feel with a long sleeve of dried-cherry flavor and gently nutty notes to close. Dry, long and mouthwatering finish. Inner quote mark (7/2019)

94 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Light bright amber-hued orange. Mineral- and spice-accented red currant and cherry scents, joined by building herb and floral nuances. Shows noteworthy depth as well as energy to the bitter cherry, succulent herb, spicecake and blood orange flavors, which turn sweeter as the wine stretches out. Finishes extremely long and chewy, with resonating floral and red fruit character and a lingering suggestion of fennel. Aged for four years in neutral American oak barrels and racked twice a year. (JR) Inner quote mark (8/2019)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The unique and personal 2009 Viña Tondonia Rosado Gran Reserva is a little darker than the 2008 I tasted next to it. It also feels a little riper and nuttier, with some traces of ripe apricots and flowers. It's also fuller and not as sharp as the 2008 and has a dry, chalky/stony palate. These are unique wines that develop in bottle for a long time. (LG) 93+ Inner quote mark (6/2019)

K&L Notes

Lopez de Heredia truly follows the classic adage of the wine industry: "Sell no wine before its time!" The golden standard in traditional Rioja, this blend of 60% Garnacha, 30% Tempranillo and 10% Viura is made in the classic "Clarete" style. The 2009, having seen extensive aging in used American oak barrels, followed by more aging in their perfectly cool, damp, cobweb, and mold covered cellar by the Río Ebre. Beautiful flavors of blood orange, berries, peach skin and almonds only begin to describe this wine, which also has a silken texture unlike any other Rosé you have likely ever had. As ever, this is a true wine world original and a very special bottle of wine.


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