2003 Lopez De Heredia Vina Tondonia Rioja Reserva Mags 03Tempranillo / Tinto Fino / Tinta Roriz from Spain
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- 95 James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
- 92 Josh Raynolds - Vinous Media
- 91 Wine Enthusiast
- 91 Wine Spectator
- 90 Luis Gutierrez - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
95 James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
"Ripe aromas of dried fruits, plums and prunes. Flowers too. Full body, round and ripe textured tannins. Intense and powerful fruit. Layered. Powerful style. Very long. Richer than normal due to the the hot growing seasons of 2003. Aged for six years in old American oak barrels. Drink or hold." Reviewed July 2015.
92 Josh Raynolds - Vinous Media
"Bright ruby-red. Ripe cherry, vanilla and floral pastilles on the smoky, oak-spiced nose. Sweet and supple on the palate, offering pliant red fruit and spicecake flavors with suave mocha and vanilla bean nuances. Quite lively and fresh for a wine from a hot vintage, and showing no excess fat. Finishes sweet, toasty and very long, with smooth tannins making a late appearance." Reviewed October 2015
91 Wine Enthusiast
"If this old-school winery has a signature wine, it's Tondonia. Hailing from the hot 2003 vintage, this smells rooty, with tobacco, cedar and subtle balsamic notes that only a few wines share, for instance the occasional Barolo. High acidity is keeping this vital, while flavors of tomato, currant and raspberry come with caramel and chocolate notes. The finish, which is subtle and long, is a highlight. Drink through 2020." Reviewed May 2016.
91 Wine Spectator
"Cigar box, cedar and balsamic notes frame cherry, raisin and licorice flavors in this lean, firm red. Displays grip and focus, with firm tannins and orange peel acidity. The spicy finish is fresh and long. A traditional style. Drink now through 2023. 20,416 cases made." Reviewed September 2015.
90 Luis Gutierrez - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"From one of the warmest summers in recent history, the 2003 Vina Tondonia Reserva might not show that much heat as Maria Jose Lopez de Heredia, this is a Vina Tondonia 6 ano, a wine matured for six years and always a blend of grape varieties and vintages. It is legally possible to have up to 15% of wine from a different vintage as the one shown on the label. She says their wines do not vary that much from vintage to vintage because of this. The house blend is around 70% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacho (notice the masculine use of Garnacha), 5% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo fermented in old (up to 140 years old) oak vats with natural yeasts ("we have never added any yeasts" was her answer). The wine has a canonical 12.5% alcohol and 6.5 grams of acidity. It matured in (used) barrels for six years and was bottled unfiltered. Even if they want to avoid the imprint from the vintage, it's impossible to erase the effect of the torrid 2003. The wine is less Tondonia than the 2004, and the fruit is more obvious and forward. The palate is fuller than your average vintage, juicy and ripe. An approachable Tondonia Reserva to drink on the younger side. 245,000 bottles produced.
"I knew I was in for a treat when I received the list of wines to taste from Maria Jose Lopez de Heredia, as with my 16-month cycle of tastings, sometimes I get two vintages of the same wine, which is the case here with no less than five labels. Wines going from strength to strength in the more strict Riojan classicism. The annual production is 400,000 bottles, and that's not enough to satisfy global demand. As it usually happens, I tasted through the collection of wines while Maria Jose Lopez de Heredia didn't stop talking about their history, Rioja, their family and everything in between. Great tasting and great wines. Congratulations!" Reviewed April 2015.
95 - James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
92 - Josh Raynolds - Vinous Media
91 - Wine Enthusiast
91 - Wine Spectator
90 - Luis Gutierrez - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
|Varietal(s)||Tempranillo / Tinto Fino / Tinta Roriz|
|Taste||berry , cherry , plum , earth , leather and herb|
|Nose||berry , cherry , plum , earth , leather and herb|