R. López de Heredia

Viña Tondonia Gran Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend

9.3866 ratings
9.4314 pro ratings
La Rioja Alta, La Rioja, Spain
Tempranillo Blend
Top Notes For
boyd

Last had this 4 years ago, and it might even be better now. Phenomenal bottle of wine.

Last had this 4 years ago, and it might even be better now. Phenomenal bottle of wine.

Apr 21st, 2021
Ryan Mullins

Started out seeming fade but gained fruit and become more tightly woven with 45mins. A remarkable bottle of wine

Started out seeming fade but gained fruit and become more tightly woven with 45mins. A remarkable bottle of wine

Feb 16th, 2021
Josh Morgenthau

Musty books, jam, brick, iron, blood, dried herbs and bay leaves. Still feels alive despite its years. Really phenomenal how light and tart but deep this is. But most importantly... delicious!

Musty books, jam, brick, iron, blood, dried herbs and bay leaves. Still feels alive despite its years. Really phenomenal how light and tart but deep this is. But most importantly... delicious!

Mar 22nd, 2020
William Hughes

Elegant. This is a very different wine from the ‘90 Faustino. Lovely Rioja earth an classic notes leaning to the savory side with figs and cherries.

Elegant. This is a very different wine from the ‘90 Faustino. Lovely Rioja earth an classic notes leaning to the savory side with figs and cherries.

Dec 17th, 2018
Mike Saviage

Tasted blind. Nice bright tawny color. Notes of cherry, rhubarb, stems, moist soil and pea shoots. Lots of fruit in the mouth. A bit disjointed and kind of went all over the place. I guessed red burgundy, and there were other guesses citing other continents. A true CMF wine. We all guessed the color and the planet right.

Tasted blind. Nice bright tawny color. Notes of cherry, rhubarb, stems, moist soil and pea shoots. Lots of fruit in the mouth. A bit disjointed and kind of went all over the place. I guessed red burgundy, and there were other guesses citing other continents. A true CMF wine. We all guessed the color and the planet right.

Nov 23rd, 2018
Conrad Green

Softer edged roses and gentle blackcurrant fruit with a very pretty green element then really long and settled and elegant. What a great bottle. So complete

Softer edged roses and gentle blackcurrant fruit with a very pretty green element then really long and settled and elegant. What a great bottle. So complete

Oct 3rd, 2018
Jeff Loo

Tasted blind, it was absolutely stunning and screamed Burgundy. Been saying it for years. Old Rioja, don’t tell anyone!

Tasted blind, it was absolutely stunning and screamed Burgundy. Been saying it for years. Old Rioja, don’t tell anyone!

Jun 30th, 2018
Mike Saviage

Reddish tawny, translucent. Subtle nose, notes of warm dark berries, dried brush and herbs, cranberries, some sweetness that includes brown sugar, and a little medicinal thing. Nicely balanced in the mouth. Fading fruit and tannins resolved. A nice wine but it's best days are probably behind it. Drink up.

Reddish tawny, translucent. Subtle nose, notes of warm dark berries, dried brush and herbs, cranberries, some sweetness that includes brown sugar, and a little medicinal thing. Nicely balanced in the mouth. Fading fruit and tannins resolved. A nice wine but it's best days are probably behind it. Drink up.

Mar 24th, 2018
Gil Bauer

Guessed 20 years younger. Still plenty of life. Excellent showing.

Guessed 20 years younger. Still plenty of life. Excellent showing.

Jan 23rd, 2018
Sipping Fine Wine

Wow! Outstanding! A blend of 75% Tempranillo, 15% Garnacha, and 10% Mazuelo and Graciano, and aged for 10 Years in American oak! Bright Ruby with complex aromas of red fruit, spices and smoke. On the palate cherry flavors with herb spice, vanilla, smoky oak, leather and hints of pepper, still very young. Well balanced with smooth tannins and a long lingering finish ending with spice & earthy tones. Very Nice, something really special to set aside in the cellar. I recently opened a 1980 Gem, see prior posts.

Wow! Outstanding! A blend of 75% Tempranillo, 15% Garnacha, and 10% Mazuelo and Graciano, and aged for 10 Years in American oak! Bright Ruby with complex aromas of red fruit, spices and smoke. On the palate cherry flavors with herb spice, vanilla, smoky oak, leather and hints of pepper, still very young. Well balanced with smooth tannins and a long lingering finish ending with spice & earthy tones. Very Nice, something really special to set aside in the cellar. I recently opened a 1980 Gem, see prior posts.

Sep 4th, 2017