López de Heredia

Tondonia Reserva

2011
Rioja
Spain
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Varietal
Tempranillo
$59
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GRAPE(S)
Tempranillo
Rioja
GRAPE VARIETAL(S)
Tempranillo
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Tempranillo is the most planted red grape variety in Spain and is also responsible for some of its best wines. The grape yields medium to full-bodied, mostly Tone & Backbone red wines of moderate to high levels of tannins and acidity. Flavor wise, it shows a mix of red and dark fruits, including cherry and plum, as well as leather, tobacco, with herbal and spice notes.
Country / State
Spain
Region
Rioja
Producer
López de Heredia
Vintage
2011
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López de Heredia

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López de Heredia is a staunch traditionalist. Little has changed in the 130 years since its founding, including ownership. It has been passed down through generations who have carried tradition forward—why fix something that is not broken?

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The family owns, manages, and makes their own wines—even making their own barrels. They make two Gran Reserva wines that are aged between six-eight years in barrel, Viña Bosconia and Tondonia, which are only made in the best years. The Tondonia displays a bit more restraint, while the Bosconia is a bit showier. 

These wines exhibit complex primary and tertiary aromas from aging that make them enjoyable upon release but still with age-worthy structure.