3 classics references from López Heredia - Viña Tondonia
|Regio:||La Rioja, Rioja|
Viura Gravonia Viura grapes come from the Viña Zaconia vineyard. Between 444 and 472 meters above sea level. On the Ebro, very close to the winery, in Haro, in poor, gravelly and stony soils. Loose structure soil that allows the plant (average age of 45 years) to penetrate its roots with ease. Viura is as much from La Rioja as tempranillo, mazuelo, graciano or malvasía. They are grapes that adapt to the altitudes, to the climate, to the regime of winds, to the limestone soil and that offer their best aspect and performance when everything coincides with an adequate orientation of the vineyard. This is the case of Zaconia: looking south, which allows a very good and late maturation. It is no coincidence that from this vineyard, years ago, the white with botrytis of the House came out.
In the 1970s and earlier, it was customary for bodegas in Rioja to label some wines not as crianza, reserva, or gran reserva, as they do often do today, but instead to label their wines by the amount of years it was released after harvest. Thus, this 5º año from Viña Bosconia was released in its 5th year, some years ahead of its Reserva bottling. We know this to be from the very good 1973 vintage, and it is an affordable way to get a glimpse of this storied bodega's older releases. These bottles were part of a collection from a Spanish source we have purchased older Riojas from in the past. They arrived to us in early April, in good condition and ready to, ideally recover a bit longer from their journey prior to being cracked open and enjoyed.
Rioja Clarete Fino Bottled in its 3rd year: It was made until 1965 or 1966, when it was renamed
Viña Cubillo, name of the farm from which its grapes come and current reference.
|Lid sinds:||14 november 2017|
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