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Bodegas R. López de Heredia - 2011 Tondonia Tinto Reserva
20 February 2023

Every year the wine world eagerly awaits the next instalment of releases from Lopez de Heredia. Today we are very pleased to offer the redoubtable 2011 Tondonia Reserva. Since inception in 1877 Lopez de Heredia has cemented itself as one of the greatest purveyors of traditional Riojas. The fabled Tondonia vineyard sits at an altitude of up to 480m on alluvial clay and limestone soils. It is flanked by the River Ebro, which provides a natural border between the sub-regions of Rioja Alta and Rioja Alevesa. The altitude and proximity to the river helps preserve freshness in the grapes, which provide wonderful flavours of bramble fruits, plum, cherry and orange rind. Time-honoured ageing in American oak and years of bottle age allows wonderfully nuanced, tertiary aromas of tobacco leaf, leather, cinnamon and nutmeg to develop.

2011 was a warm and dry vintage. As a result, this possesses a more generous fruit profile and a bit more power than the subtle 2010. It should therefore be more accessible in its youth. However, in step with its predecessors, it has the potential to age for many years to come. Anyone with a penchant for Rioja with purity, a kaleidoscopic range of flavours, and an ability to age indefinitely, should be lining their cellars with Tondonia. Tasting notes below:

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