R. Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Reserva 2004 - The old school is so alive

Mother Queen of Rioja wines (I cannot really imagine who the father is).

Bottle bought in the spring of 2016 from the winery shop with the regret we missed our appointment for the winery visit. Our plans to go by mountain bikes (this name is way too much for the bicycles we rented there) from Haro to Bodegas Artadi, Laguardia, (with visit and wine tasting there) and back to Lopez de Heredia until 03:00PM was optimistic. Extremely optimistic.

Very fresh, easy to drink and very representative Rioja wine. Complex nose and taste with intense vanilla and coffee mixed with red and black, dried fruit. Strong tannins with lively acidity result in a very well balanced wine. Nothing bold, nothing exploding, only grace and distinction. Life expectancy is, of course, high.

Many are saying Tondonia style is an old school Rioja and the consumer is looking for modern, extractive, ripe wines now. Considering the number of people queuing in front of Lopez de Heredia winery, shop and wine bar I would say this old school style is safe for the next few years at least.

5/5

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