Wow. I’ve waited a long time to try my first Tondonia (surely this is a milestone for any budding wine collector, no?), having held onto this 2002 for a while and having a case or two of Heredia’s more recent vintages downstairs.
Such was the anticipation for trying this Rioja stalwart that I was almost nervous that it wouldn’t live up to it - especially with 2002 being such a rotten vintage for Spain’s flagship wine region. But this was staggeringly youthful, piercingly savoury with a gentle balance of tannin & acidity but all the supple features of an old school, aged Rioja. This is really special stuff. — 6 days ago
Spright and bright and good with seafood or heavier proteins — 10 days ago
More acidity on first taste than I was expecting but that is probably down to the beautifully fresh cherry notes. The taste then evolves on the palate, bringing out the American oak barrels in the form of a long aftertaste, smoky leather mixed with a zing of citrus. — 13 days ago
Complex with red fruit, dusty leather, and tobacco. Powerful with lots of tannin and acid, but in perfect balance. Maybe just a bit too much oak. — 12 days ago
Beautiful wine. Stoney graphite funk. Unique and somewhat indescribable ? — 8 days ago
Unicorn wine. 🦄 — 7 days ago
Impressive for a Crianza to offer such complexity and elegance. Classic raisinated black and red fruits on the nose with pencil shavings, dried herbs, and mushroom. Subtle tannins, with relaxed mouth feel. — a year ago