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Rioja DOC Reserva "Vina Tondonia", R. Lopez de Heredia 2002


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Following the highly praised 2001, this 2002 remarkably still stands out. A testament to the consistency of the wines made at this legendary estate. The Tondonia vineyard overlooks the Ebro River on the right bank across the winery. A blend of 75% Tempranillo, 15% Garnacho, 5% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo grapes. Aged in large American oak barrels for 6 years and another 5 years in bottle. Released only last October 2013, this is seamlessly balanced and drinking beautifully. Yet, still fresh and youthful that if one prefers to age it this will evolve for many more years.

"The 2002 Vina Tondonia Reserva is a blend of 75% Tempranillo, 15% Garnacho and 10% between Mazuelo and Graciano sourced from their Tondonia vineyard located in a large meander of the Ebro River on the outskirts of Haro. It is aged for six years in used barrels, racked twice per year during its upbringing and fined with egg whites before being bottled unfiltered. It has a slightly reduced nose that benefits from air contact, with shy aromas of cherries in liqueur, tea leaves, fine leather, game, blood, spice box and cigar ash, showing some evolution. The light to medium-bodied palate is balanced, with high acidity, but perhaps a little fragile, showing the difficulties of the vintage, as 2002 was a very difficult year in Rioja. 250,000 bottles were produced. Drink 2014-2019." 91/100 Luis Gutierrez, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate