2004 Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Blanco Reserva, Rioja (750ml)

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# ESLOPE04BE
Country: Spain
Region: Rioja
Grape Varietal: Macabeo
Review Score: 96W&S, 95WS, 95JS, 94WA
Alcohol By Volume: 12.5%
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A great vintage of this classic wine, this reveals its sunny beauty over the course of days. Open the bottle and you might taste tart lemon, juicy almond and touches of oxidation, bringing to mind wood oils. Those flavors integrate with air so that the wine saturates the palate with freshness, the scent turned heady, toward croissants and almond blossoms, the flavors savory, salty and bright. This family-run winery farms prime Rioja Alta sites along the Ebro River, aging this estate-grown wine in cool riverside tunnels in their cellar in Haro. Tondonia Reserva spends six years in old barrels, racked twice a year, then continues aging in bottle prior to release. Over that time, the wine seems to gain resilience, though you will not get the full benefit of this white unless you give it plenty of air. Leave it in a decanter and it gives off the energy of the cool sun at harvest, a delicious memory of an ideal autumn day in 2004.

96 points, Wine & Spirits (Dec 2017)

This distinctive white shows its age in the deep gold color, but still has life and structure. Hazelnut, vanilla and lanolin flavors frame a core of dried apple and coconut notes, while keen acidity and light tannins keep this focused. Dense, complex and harmonious. Drink now through 2024. 2,916 cases made.

95 points, Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator (Dec 2017)

Dried mango, pineapple and lemon aromas with hints of cream follow through to a full body, lightly tannic texture and a long and flavorful finish. Vanilla at the end. Love the experience. Drink now.

95 points, James Suckling (Jul 2017)

The 2004 Viña Tondonia Blanco Reserva will be released sometime in 2017, and the difference with the Gravonia is 10% of very old Malvasía Riojana that provides a unique perfume and sophistication. It feels very young and primary, impossible to guess its age. The Viura is similar to the one from Gravonia, old and on clay and limestone soils; the white grapes always on whiter, stonier soils. Fermentation was carried out in their 140-year-old oak vats with natural yeasts (a constant here), where it goes through malolactic fermentation. The nose seems less developed than in the 2007 Gravonia, younger and livelier. Even after six years in oak, the wine is not oaky, but the aromas are subtle and even a little shy. The palate is austere and it feels a little stiff, with lively acidity and pungent flavors. This feels like a superb year for this bottling, it's clear that it's a great vintage. 35,000 bottles produced.

94 points, Wine Advocate (Issue # 226 - Aug 2016)