R. López de Heredia

Viña Tondonia Gran Reserva Rioja Rosé

9.455 ratings
9.315 pro ratings
La Rioja Alta, La Rioja, Spain
Garnacha, Tempranillo, Viura
Top Notes For
Dr. Owen Bargreen

R. Lopez de Heredia has not made one of these special wines since the 2000 vintage. The 2008 Vina Tondonia ‘Gran Reserva’ Rosado is a magical bottling now and shows considerably better at a warmer temperature. The Rosado displays an intoxicating bouquet of of rose petals with orange zest and red cherry candy that immediately entices. The mouthfeel is rich and downright voluptuous, considering this is a Rosé. It continues to deliver red cherry, watermelon and orange rind flavors connect with a lively minerality. This beautiful Rose has some massive cellaring potential but is extremely hard to resist in its youth. Drink 2019-2029- 92

R. Lopez de Heredia has not made one of these special wines since the 2000 vintage. The 2008 Vina Tondonia ‘Gran Reserva’ Rosado is a magical bottling now and shows considerably better at a warmer temperature. The Rosado displays an intoxicating bouquet of of rose petals with orange zest and red cherry candy that immediately entices. The mouthfeel is rich and downright voluptuous, considering this is a Rosé. It continues to deliver red cherry, watermelon and orange rind flavors connect with a lively minerality. This beautiful Rose has some massive cellaring potential but is extremely hard to resist in its youth. Drink 2019-2029- 92

Jul 27th, 2019
Austin Hohnke

What a wild wine. Wet dog on the nose that blew off pretty quick. Certainly oxidative. Mostly Garnacha with Tempranillo and Mazuelo. Red fruit accompanied with high acid. One of a kind.

What a wild wine. Wet dog on the nose that blew off pretty quick. Certainly oxidative. Mostly Garnacha with Tempranillo and Mazuelo. Red fruit accompanied with high acid. One of a kind.

Jul 22nd, 2019
Jeremy Shanker

Sommelier at RN74

9.6

Greatest rose on the planet!

Greatest rose on the planet!

Jan 20th, 2019
Mason Balistreri

Sommelier, International Wine Guild; Balistreri Vineyard; Sales, Joy Wine and Spirits

9.3

I heard this wine is rare or something!? Delicious! Very vinous and structured with an incrediblely persistent finish. Really no oxidative notes whatsoever which I wasn't expecting because that flavor does typically show up on their aged white wines. 🇪🇸

I heard this wine is rare or something!? Delicious! Very vinous and structured with an incrediblely persistent finish. Really no oxidative notes whatsoever which I wasn't expecting because that flavor does typically show up on their aged white wines. 🇪🇸

Dec 25th, 2018
Ryan Mullins

LPdH for president!!!!

LPdH for president!!!!

Dec 1st, 2018
Jordan Wardlaw

Powerhouse of resinous, herbal and spice aromas. Dried flower, potpourri, figs, orange peel, spiced herbal tea with essential oils and tar in the background. Heredia and Musar are definitely the leading purveyors of this style, though this is Heredia’s first rosado in several years and very highly anticipated. It does not disappoint.

Powerhouse of resinous, herbal and spice aromas. Dried flower, potpourri, figs, orange peel, spiced herbal tea with essential oils and tar in the background. Heredia and Musar are definitely the leading purveyors of this style, though this is Heredia’s first rosado in several years and very highly anticipated. It does not disappoint.

Jul 28th, 2018
Charlie Abbott

Sommelier Casa Mono

9.8

2008 BARREL SAMPLE!! 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍

2008 BARREL SAMPLE!! 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍

Oct 12th, 2017
Tom Kobylarz

The mythical unicorn #rosewine from @lopezdeherediaoficial: Vina Tondonia Gran Reserva Rosado 2008.

A friendly wine retailer I am close with sold me a few bottles at regular price thankfully as I gave him the heads up it was coming.  (He also sold his others at regular price!) This wine used to be easily available during its last release, the 2000 vintage back around 2005, not to mention super reasonable in price.  An unfortunate victim of fashion, the secondary market pricing on this starts around $200 and goes up to $300.

Pale copper and deep pink in color, the hue here is as it looks here turning more orange at the rim.  The nose showed as it should for an extended barrel aged wine, showing clear notes the toll oxidation has taken with time in wood.  Though, the wood aromas are well-integrated and intermingle well with dried red fruits, ginger and spice, and a clear sense of minerality which is all laid well into the thick and pungent nose.  The palate shows more precision and tension in the densely textured and flavored med/med+ body of the wine.  Finishes long and fans out wide over the palate.  For sure about as unique a rose as there is out there.  

The mythical unicorn #rosewine from @lopezdeherediaoficial: Vina Tondonia Gran Reserva Rosado 2008.

A friendly wine retailer I am close with sold me a few bottles at regular price thankfully as I gave him the heads up it was coming.  (He also sold his others at regular price!) This wine used to be easily available during its last release, the 2000 vintage back around 2005, not to mention super reasonable in price.  An unfortunate victim of fashion, the secondary market pricing on this starts around $200 and goes up to $300.

Pale copper and deep pink in color, the hue here is as it looks here turning more orange at the rim.  The nose showed as it should for an extended barrel aged wine, showing clear notes the toll oxidation has taken with time in wood.  Though, the wood aromas are well-integrated and intermingle well with dried red fruits, ginger and spice, and a clear sense of minerality which is all laid well into the thick and pungent nose.  The palate shows more precision and tension in the densely textured and flavored med/med+ body of the wine.  Finishes long and fans out wide over the palate.  For sure about as unique a rose as there is out there.  

1 person found it helpfulApr 11th, 2019
Greg Giere

So good.

So good.

Jun 18th, 2019
Michael Greene

Super interesting - and delicious - rosado. Funky and high acid.

Super interesting - and delicious - rosado. Funky and high acid.

Aug 23rd, 2019