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Viña Tondonia Reserva 2008

Viña Tondonia Reserva 2008

Type Red
Grapes Tempranillo, Garnacha, Graciano
Country/Region Spain, Rioja
Food pairing Meat
Vintage 2008
Product number: 380401
£186.00
Price per bottle: £31.00
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For 141 years, four generations of the López de Heredia family have devoted
themselves to producing exceptional and unique wines. Masterpieces which have
achieved that which the founder of the company, Rafael López de Heredia y
Landeta, defined in the late nineteenth century as the "Supreme Rioja".

The 2008 Tinto Reserva announces itself with dense notes of macerated
strawberries on the nose, followed seamlessly by those oh-so-glorious “Tondonia”
notes of autumn bonfires and vanilla that make you feel perfectly at home.
However, the 2008’s aromas move seamlessly into something much more delicate,
verging even towards ethereal (for Rioja) with layers reminiscent of dried
cranberries. These gather in momentum on the second pour as they transform with
air into sweet layers of fresh raspberries which develop with astonishing
complexity.

A blend of 70% Tempranillo and 20% Garnacho with the remaining 10% a mix of
Graciano and Mazuelo, the palate is firmly upright at first, still surprisingly
tight with a very high level of super-fine tannins. Initially ultrafresh, the
wine rela xes with a bit more time as it begins to mellow. Transforming into a
gentle and glorious wine, this Tondonia caresses the palate with luxuriant
savoury notes, hints of marmite and cured meat, and spirals away into an endless
finish. Simply put, this is warm, delicious, elegant yet exhilarating Tondonia,
more in line with the cool 2006 than other recent vintages. It is so full of
life and energy but displays that wonderful, counterbalancing richness that just
makes you want to relax and sink on to the sofa with it; it is a wine worthy of
any cellar. Drink 2022-2040. Catriona Felstead MW

"Tondonia's reds have been on an upward curve recently and are now at the same
level as the bodega's world-class whites. This is a fine, elegant, savoury,
low-alcohol blend of Tempranillo with 20% Garnacha and 5% each of Mazuelo and
Graciano, combining summer berry fruit, racy acidity, granular tannins and an
earthy, balsamic undertone. Good now, but this will develop further in bottle.
2020-28" 97 pts, Tim Atkin MW

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