We’ve marked this one on the calendar for a lonnnnnng time. Lopez de Heredia is one of the cornerstones of the Spanish program and for good reason–they produce some of the best wines Spain has to offer.
2007 was a magical vintage for Heredia and their Vina Tondonia is one of the freshest, most finesse driven expression we’ve ever tasted from the estate. It’s no surprise the critics have been going crazy for this bottle and the price to quality here is beyond ridiculous. Is the best possible wine you can buy for under $40? We’re having a hard time saying otherwise.
2007 Lopez de Heredia Rioja Reserva Vina Tondonia
"Following the appreciation of the 2007 vintage from María José López de Heredia, the red 2007 Viña Tondonia Reserva is showing great, revealing unusual finesse and elegance. The nose is a little reticent but nuanced and complex, a little shy rather than explosive. The palate is medium-bodied, and the tannins are very refined. This has to be one of the finest vintages of Viña Tondonia Reserva of recent years. 200,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in November 2015." 96 Points, Wine Advocate
More About the Wine
López de Heredia has remained a steadfast symbol of classical winemaking and traditional Riojan style since such a thing ever existed. Very little has changed here since the winery’s foundation in the 130 plus years ago. The estate still employs the original oak vats they used from the very beginning. Perhaps even more revealing (and risky) is that Heredia does not do any temperature manipulation during fermentation, something very few in the world ever risk to do. They use old school egg-whites for fining (sorry vegetarians) and shun filtration.
While many of the world’s wines are becoming increasingly more and more similar, the wines of López de Heredia remain steadfastly unique treasures. These are beautiful, cerebral, ravishing wines that have the ability to age for decades to come.