1954 Lopez de Heredia "Vina Tondonia" Rioja (Pre-Arrival) SKU #1008716


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1954 was a solid vintage in Rioja and you do see them in the US market from time to time. Prior to the 1980's, distinctions between bottles labeled Gran Reserva, Reserva or cosecha were less common than these days, where it is all strictly controlled by the consejo. This cosecha bottling is still showing well, with Tondonia's trademark darker fruits, cocoa powder and elegance, along with the celery salt and savor developed in bottle one would expect from a 60+ year old bottle of red wine! A bottle tasted from this collection in September of 2016 showed nicely, fully mature with a marked increase in freshness once in the glass for a few minutes. (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish wine buyer)

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  • Joe Manekin
    By: Joe Manekin
    K&L Staff Member
    A wonderful glimpse at a Rioja classic, 62 years from the vintage, this Tondonia is (not surprisingly) fully mature, with a lovely balance of fruit and savory spice drawer and beef bouillon aromatics. Though it is not a Gran Reserva (the bottle is labeled simply with the vintage), this wine has aged nicely. I had the opportunity to taste this with two other wine professionals (one of whom was a long-time Rioja winemaker) and we all were impressed not only by the life it had retained, but also by the vigor and freshness it had gained in the glass.


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