Rioja Reserva Vina Tondonia, Lopez de Heredia 2008 (Rioja, Spain)

Lopez de Heredia has been hands down the best producer in Rioja for the last 130 years and they have also led the way for organic farming and producing their wines traditionally and naturally from the start. Sisters Mercedes and Maria-Jose Lopez de Heredia carry on these traditions and make the wines exactly as their parents and grandparents and great grandparents did. This is a blend of  75% Tempranillo, 15% Garnacha and the other 10% is a mix of Mazuelo and Graciano, all hand harvested from 45+ year old vines in the Tondonia vineyard that has never seen any chemicals whatsoever. The wine is aged in really special old American oak barrels (which they make in house with wood from West Virginia) for 6 years before getting bottled unfiltered. Medium bodied plus with deep and complex notes of spiced cherries and earth.