R. López de Heredia

Viña Tondonia Gran Reserva Rioja Blanco Malvasia Viura

9.3455 ratings
9.4152 pro ratings
La Rioja Alta, La Rioja, Spain
Viura, Malvasia Bianca
Top Notes For
Taylor Rex Robertson

Velvety notes of crushed dill and raw coconut, with aromas of dry raspberry, crushed red cranberry, and wild strawberry. The fruit takes over the herbal, cedar, and inorganic notes like tobacco as the wine opens. Firm tannin with balanced acid. Just spectacular

Velvety notes of crushed dill and raw coconut, with aromas of dry raspberry, crushed red cranberry, and wild strawberry. The fruit takes over the herbal, cedar, and inorganic notes like tobacco as the wine opens. Firm tannin with balanced acid. Just spectacular

Jan 27th, 2019
Eric Egan

This 6 year old Tondonia Blanco bottled in the early 70s is absolutely stunning. Better than any of the vintages I’ve had. I know traditionally some Spanish producers put a lot of effort into their NV blends (think Vega Sicilia for example) but this was still far better than expected. Glad I’ve got 11 bottles left. It’s complex as hell and has serious acidity but it’s the length that really stands out. It. Never. Ends.

This 6 year old Tondonia Blanco bottled in the early 70s is absolutely stunning. Better than any of the vintages I’ve had. I know traditionally some Spanish producers put a lot of effort into their NV blends (think Vega Sicilia for example) but this was still far better than expected. Glad I’ve got 11 bottles left. It’s complex as hell and has serious acidity but it’s the length that really stands out. It. Never. Ends.

Jan 23rd, 2019
Jörgen Lindström Carlvik

Owner, Brix Wine Consultants

9.5

Memory lane 8.

Memory lane 8.

Jul 16th, 2017
Keith Herrick

Damnnnn! So fresh and so clean! Have not had much heredia blancos, but assumed the oxidative edge would be much more intense. Although it was present, this btl tasted incredibly fresh. Mint, lemon, cedar, great acidity. These are now on my radar. (Late release)

Damnnnn! So fresh and so clean! Have not had much heredia blancos, but assumed the oxidative edge would be much more intense. Although it was present, this btl tasted incredibly fresh. Mint, lemon, cedar, great acidity. These are now on my radar. (Late release)

3 people found it helpfulJul 20th, 2016
Ludovic Anacleto

It is well known that classic white Rioja can handle decades in a bottle. I believe Lopez de Heredia is a true master at this game.
This 1981 Tondonia is rustic and musty at first then, after decanted, open with a beautifull palate, full and dense with a super be acidity. It is a wine you cannot compare to anything in the world but this mix of brightness, light oxidation and maturity is phenomenal. A very serious wine with tons of spices, with a sexy cassonade/ cinnamon nose. I absolutely loved it. A true experience

It is well known that classic white Rioja can handle decades in a bottle. I believe Lopez de Heredia is a true master at this game.
This 1981 Tondonia is rustic and musty at first then, after decanted, open with a beautifull palate, full and dense with a super be acidity. It is a wine you cannot compare to anything in the world but this mix of brightness, light oxidation and maturity is phenomenal. A very serious wine with tons of spices, with a sexy cassonade/ cinnamon nose. I absolutely loved it. A true experience

3 people found it helpfulMay 9th, 2015
Ian Burrows

Sommelier Atelier Crenn

9.6

With "flavors of Brittany".... Lobster, plancton Gel, bisque, sweetbreads & Bone marrow dumpling

With "flavors of Brittany".... Lobster, plancton Gel, bisque, sweetbreads & Bone marrow dumpling

3 people found it helpfulFeb 8th, 2014
Thomas Pastuszak

Sommelier/Wine Director The NoMad

10

#RaidingTheCellar @ NoMad. Where summer turns to fall in the glass: Lopez Tondonia Blanco '91 BTG via @Coravin

#RaidingTheCellar @ NoMad. Where summer turns to fall in the glass: Lopez Tondonia Blanco '91 BTG via @Coravin

2 people found it helpfulSep 12th, 2013
Charlie Evans

This was the wine we had with dessert to finish off an amazing dinner with Merry Edwards herself. It was a night full of wonderful stories, insightful information, great company, and some damn good wine. These are the nights when I really appreciate the job I have.

Unexpected birth year wine is always a treat as well. López de Heredia is such an amazing winery. What a treat this was.

This was the wine we had with dessert to finish off an amazing dinner with Merry Edwards herself. It was a night full of wonderful stories, insightful information, great company, and some damn good wine. These are the nights when I really appreciate the job I have.

Unexpected birth year wine is always a treat as well. López de Heredia is such an amazing winery. What a treat this was.

1 person found it helpfulSep 22nd, 2018
Ron Siegel

Interesting wine, slight oxidized note, honey, butterscotch, wax with an oily texture.

Interesting wine, slight oxidized note, honey, butterscotch, wax with an oily texture.

1 person found it helpfulOct 26th, 2016
René Renissen

Really tastefull and nice, lacks a bit of acidity, but still crisp and fresh juice after some 22 years in a bottle

Really tastefull and nice, lacks a bit of acidity, but still crisp and fresh juice after some 22 years in a bottle

1 person found it helpfulFeb 21st, 2016