Lopez De Heredia

Lopez de Heredia - one of the most venerable producers in Spain– produces traditional, age-worthy Rioja. Their wines are legendary and still made the way they were when the winery was founded over 130 years ago. Following a tradition that has been passed down through generations, their wines are released at least 5-10 years after harvest, which provides added complexity and elegance to their Crianzas and Gran Reservas.

A rarity in Rioja, Lopez de Heredia uses only estate bottled fruit from their prized vineyards- Tondonia, Cubillo, Bosconia, and Zaconia- with the idea that the only way to get the best fruit is to care for the vines themselves. The Tondonia vineyard is their most famous; over 100 hectares, it is situated in a shell-shaped depression on the right bank of the river Ebro, where the most typical Rioja wines are grown. The soil is alluvial clay with a high proportion of limestone. Average vine age is 45 years old and organic farming and natural fermentations are implemented, creating wines that exhibit great terroir. Grapes from Viña Tondonia are always used in making their highest quality wines, with truly exceptional vintages becoming Gran Reservas. The first Reserva was bottled by the founder in 1890; a few bottles of this are still kept in the family wine museum.

The winery itself is a remarkable structure. When D. Rafael López de Heredia y Landeta began building the bodega in the late 1800's, little did he realise that his masterpiece would one day be acknowledged as an example to the rest of the industry of the most perfect combination of buildings and vineyards. Like many medieval masterpieces it is still incomplete. The buildings stand below and above ground, and are a veritable "cathedral to wine". Moving through the vaulted underground corridors and staircases, you find yourself travelling back in time, and the founder's touch can still be sensed in the very stones and fabric of the building.

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Lopez de Heredia 'Tondonia' Reserva Rioja 2006
95  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 95 "The red flagship 2006 Viña Tondonia Reserva was inspired by the vineyards of the Médoc but produced with local grapes, 70% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacho, 5% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo, which achieved 13% alcohol in 2006. It always matures in used American oak barriques for some six
Item Number: 30195
Case: $431.40

Lopez de Heredia Bosconia Reserva 2006
94  Wine Advocate 
The Wine Advocate 94 "The 2006 Viña Bosconia Reserva, always more rustic and powerful than the Viña Tondonia, was cropped from a warm and early harvest and is a blend of Tempranillo with 15% Garnacha and 5% Graciano and Mazuelo. This wine matures in used American oak barrels for five years. It has
Item Number: 29733
Case: $395.40

Lopez de Heredia 'Cubillo' Crianza 2009
92  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 92 “The red they say was born to go with tapas and sold in local restaurants is the 2009 Viña Cubillo Tinto Crianza. 2009 was a warm and ripe year, and this blend of Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha (or the masculine Garnacho they like to use) plus 5% each Graciano and Mazuelo from limestone
Item Number: 28920

Lopez de Heredia Tondonia Gran Reserva Rose 2009
Lopez de Heredia truly follows the classic adage of the wine industry: "Sell no wine before its time!" The golden standard in traditional Rioja, this blend of 60% Garnacha, 30% Tempranillo and 10% Viura is made in the classic "Clarete" style. The 2009 is the current release, having seen extensive

Lopez de Heredia Gravonia Crianza Blanco 2009
94  James Suckling 
James Suckling 94"Candied-citrus and honeycomb, dried-pear and fresh-almond aromas pour from the glass. Rich and textural, but very dry with a great balance of lively and mature flavors. Very clean, lively finish. Drink or hold." ~ JS

Lopez de Heredia 'Tondonia' Blanco Reserva 2005
96  James Suckling 
James Suckling 96 "A staggering range of aromas, from dried mango and papaya through toasted nuts to dried flowers. Powerful and concentrated, but not at all fat, this has a stunning texture, due to the interplay of tannins and richness. Very long, intense finish. Drink or hold." ~ JS   Wine

Lopez de Heredia Tondonia Gran Reserva Rose 2008
94  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 94 "The only Gran Reserva rosé of the Rioja appellation (they were waiting for the appellation's back labels, as they have to print them especially for López de Heredia) makes a glorious comeback with the 2008 Viña Tondonia Rosado Gran Reserva, which follows the previous 2000.  

Lopez Heredia Vina Tononia Reserva Rioja Bianco 2004
Viura (90%), Malvasía (10%). A legendary white Rioja. Expressive complex and developed aromas of dried fruit, spice and oak yet also displays a pleasing freshness. Subtle, round and incredibly smooth on the palate with developed fruit flavours, a nuttiness and dry oak notes. A long length and like

Lopez de Heredia Gravonia Crianza Blanco 2008
94  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 94 "The first white I tasted was the 2008 Viña Gravonia Blanco, a true bargain traditional oak-aged Rioja from very old Viura vines (90 years old!) on gravel soils. 2008 was a healthy vintage, which resulted in a slightly smaller crop than 2007, and the white grapes were picked

Lopez de Heredia 'Tondonia' Reserva Rioja 2005
96  Decanter 
Decanter 96 “Traditional Rioja at its ageworthy best, the Tondonia red is a cuvee of Tempranillo with 20% Garnacha and 5% each of Graciano and Mazuelo. Leafy, gamey and sweet, with tangy acidity and a volatile lift.” ~ TA  James Suckling 94 “Lovely depth of fruit to this mature red with

Lopez de Heredia 'Cubillo' Crianza 2008
92  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 92 "The first of the reds here is the 2008 Viña Cubillo Tinto Crianza from a cooler vintage that produced some austere and serious wines--a year with higher acidity and lively fruit. It feels effervescent and it makes you salivate. This is usually a blend of 70% Tempranillo, 20%

Lopez de Heredia Bosconia Reserva 2005
94  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 94 "A worthy follow up to the 2004 is the 2005 Viña Bosconia Reserva, a wine that they consider the most rustic and powerful in the winery, but that I find as elegant and subtle as it gets. This feels very much in line with the 2004, maybe a notch above even, a lower yielding year.

Lopez Heredia Vina Tononia Reserva Rioja Bianco 2003
93  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 93"This distinctive white is delicate yet expressive, with a lean texture carrying lively flavors of dried apple, quince, wildflower, tarragon, and vanilla. Drink now through 2023." ~ TM

Lopez de Heredia 'Vina Tondonia' Gran Reserva 1995
97  Wine Advocate 
The Wine Advocate 97 "The only current red Gran Reserva is the 1995 Viña Tondonia Gran Reserva, the one that is produced exactly the same as before, including fining with egg whites and sealing with red wax. 1995 was an excellent and early harvest, the grapes achieved full ripeness and were

Lopez de Heredia 'Tondonia' Rioja 2004
94  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 94 "The 2004 Viña Tondonia Reserva is a completely different story. It is a worthy follower of the 2001, the greatest of the Viña Tondonia Reservas of recent times. It has the usual blend and usual levels of alcohol and acidity, bottled after six years in oak barrels. The nose feels

Lopez de Heredia 'Cubillo' Crianza 2007
91  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 91+ "The 2007 Viña Cubillo Crianza is the most affordable red. It is a wine that was born to go with tapas and to be sold at local restaurants showing a combination of fruit and the earth where the vines grow. It is a blend of the usual 70% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacho, 5% Graciano and

Lopez de Heredia 'Reserva' Rioja 2003
95  James Suckling 
James Suckling 95 "Ripe aromas of dried fruits, plums and prunes. Flowers too. Full body, round and ripe textured tannins. Intense and powerful fruit. Layered. Powerful style. Very long. Richer than normal due to the the hot growing seasons of 2003. Aged for six years in old American oak barrels.

Lopez de Heredia Bosconia Reserva 2004
93  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 93 "The 2004 Vina Bosconia Reserva is a blend of 80% Tempranillo, 15% Garnacho and the remaining 5% Mazuelo and Graciano aged for five years in used barrels, racked twice per year and fined with egg whites before being bottled unfiltered. Dark ruby-colored, with notes of beef blood,

Lopez de Heredia 'Vina Tondonia' Gran Reserva 1981
95  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 95  " The 1981 Vina Tondonia Gran Reserva has a vibrant nose reminiscent of coeval Burgundy, with scents of citrus peel, orange rind, singed leather and a Tuscan delicatessen. The palate has a penetrating orange peel and tart cherry entry with potent earthy notes at its core. It is

Lopez de Heredia Bosconia Reserva 2003
92  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 92 "The 2003 Vina Bosconia has another enticing bouquet: hints of cooked meat, hickory, peat and rosemary that is beautifully defined. The palate is medium-bodied with firm dry tannins and a poised, lifted earthy finish with touches of soy and sea salt on the aftertaste. This deserves

Lopez Heredia Vina Tononia Reserva Rioja Bianco 1990
1  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 93 TOP 100 2009"Brioche, chamomile and dried pear flavors are rich and expressive in this polished white. Silky and fresh on the palate, with a haunting honeyed and floral finish. Best on its own, as a meditation wine. Drink now. 1,666 cases made."