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2010 Viña Tondonia Rioja Reserva

In a country where there is something of a vinous revolution taking place, there remains a winery where time seems to have stood still: Lopez de Heredia.

The wines here are made as they always have been: assiduous care in the vineyards, scrupulous selection at harvest, ageing in oak in deep underground cellars followed by further bottle age before release all combine to make what are inimitable wines with a cult following. The jewel of their vineyard holdings is Tondonia, a beautiful vineyard of over 100 hectares, situated on the right bank of the river Ebro.

2010 Viña Tondonia is a magnificent blend of Tempranillo, Garnacha, Mazeulo and Graciano, matured for an extended period in seasoned American oak to produce a classic and masterfully balanced Rioja that will appeal to purists. Approachable now, it will age magnificently.  As with all wines from Lopez de Heredia, it is a wine of inimitable class and character.

It is, moreover, a bargain, as so many of the Lopez de Heredia wines are.  We would put this wine at the same qualitative level as a good classed-growth claret or premier cru Burgundy, and it comes in at £300 per dozen in bond.  And that is with 12 years of age to boot.

Available in in regular bottles and magnums, this is a must for the table or the cellar. Our stock is physically available and ready to go.