We have a small allocation of wines from Rioja's most celebrated estate; Lopez Heredia Vina Tondonia. These are unicorn wines. Rioja has been changing. One group has gone in one direction: no oak, white varieties in a field blend, carbonic maceration - fruitier, younger wines - some don't even label as Rioja. The other group has crushingly dumbed down the concept of Rioja with indiscriminate oak and extended ageing. Then there is Tondonia.
2 of each of the wines (all red): Vina Cubillo 2011, Vina Bosconia Reserva 2007 & Vina Tondonia 2007 - a combined 70 years of ageing!
Visiting the winery makes you feel like Marty McFly, tasting the wines makes you feel like a God. There is Rioja, then there is RIOJA. These are the latter. This is vinous history. STSWine
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