R. López de Heredia

Viña Tondonia Gran Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend

9.3914 ratings
9.4324 pro ratings
La Rioja Alta, La Rioja, Spain
Tempranillo Blend
Duck, Pasta, Beans & Peas, Goose, Chili & Hot Spicy, Exotic Spices, Game, Baking Spices, Herbs, Mushrooms, Hard Cheese, Turkey, Pork, Salami & Prosciutto, Tomato-Based, Venison, Pungent Cheese, Soft Cheese, Onion, Chicken, Veal, Paella
Top Notes For
Josh Morgenthau

Sultry and perfumed. Seductive earthiness, combined with pure pure red fruit and mint on the nose. Amazing density and liveliness on the palate, it buzzes with energy. Iron, mineral and bloody. So soulful. Has some real life ahead of it still.

Sultry and perfumed. Seductive earthiness, combined with pure pure red fruit and mint on the nose. Amazing density and liveliness on the palate, it buzzes with energy. Iron, mineral and bloody. So soulful. Has some real life ahead of it still.

Apr 12th, 2022
Jay Kline

Popped and poured; consumed over two days. My second time enjoying the 1995 Gran Reserva (the most recent release from LdH). The wine pours garnet with a translucent core accompanied by some fine sediment and a slightly watery rim. Medium viscosity. On the nose, high intensity and seems to have some VA. There’s also a little bit of the funk too. Highly perfumed with cherry, red rope licorice, balsamic, cumin, horse saddle, dill, and iron rich earth. On the palate, the wine is dry with medium tannin and medium++ acid. Tart cherries and again with the red rope licorice. Also, there are blackberries and plums, buzz buttons, iron, tomato, leather, olives and exotic spices. Long, savory finish. Despite being 26 years from vintage, the wine comes across super bright and fresh. Just lovely.

Popped and poured; consumed over two days. My second time enjoying the 1995 Gran Reserva (the most recent release from LdH). The wine pours garnet with a translucent core accompanied by some fine sediment and a slightly watery rim. Medium viscosity. On the nose, high intensity and seems to have some VA. There’s also a little bit of the funk too. Highly perfumed with cherry, red rope licorice, balsamic, cumin, horse saddle, dill, and iron rich earth. On the palate, the wine is dry with medium tannin and medium++ acid. Tart cherries and again with the red rope licorice. Also, there are blackberries and plums, buzz buttons, iron, tomato, leather, olives and exotic spices. Long, savory finish. Despite being 26 years from vintage, the wine comes across super bright and fresh. Just lovely.

Nov 28th, 2021
Will Stanley

Ever the benchmark for Rioja, Viña Tondonia shows very well again in the 2007 vintage, if slightly less powerful, and impressive, than the 2006.

The nose is a gentle affair offering aromas of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, dry cherry and vanilla pod, and takes some coaxing from the glass. The palate is so splendidly traditional: saturated, slightly tart with its orange peel acidity and long through the finish with sweet flecks of vanilla. I think the 2006 will be longer lived, but this is drinking very well now with good ageing potential.

Ever the benchmark for Rioja, Viña Tondonia shows very well again in the 2007 vintage, if slightly less powerful, and impressive, than the 2006.

The nose is a gentle affair offering aromas of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, dry cherry and vanilla pod, and takes some coaxing from the glass. The palate is so splendidly traditional: saturated, slightly tart with its orange peel acidity and long through the finish with sweet flecks of vanilla. I think the 2006 will be longer lived, but this is drinking very well now with good ageing potential.

Nov 9th, 2021
George Chen

WTF…This was amazing! Jose Maria is a rock star! Her personality is even in this wine! Wound with enough forgiveness to tease you sip by sip!

WTF…This was amazing! Jose Maria is a rock star! Her personality is even in this wine! Wound with enough forgiveness to tease you sip by sip!

Aug 21st, 2021
Mike Saviage

Tasted blind. Reddish amber tawny, translucent. Corky nose. Notes of light red fruit, cherry, herbs. Ethereal in it's delivery and still chewy. Very refined. The light cork taint makes it difficult to guess and the team's guesses are all over the planet (I'm in Bordeaux land). There is some good stuff inside this but cork taint comes on more with air... bummer. (M's 60th bday 3rd of 14)

Tasted blind. Reddish amber tawny, translucent. Corky nose. Notes of light red fruit, cherry, herbs. Ethereal in it's delivery and still chewy. Very refined. The light cork taint makes it difficult to guess and the team's guesses are all over the planet (I'm in Bordeaux land). There is some good stuff inside this but cork taint comes on more with air... bummer. (M's 60th bday 3rd of 14)

May 23rd, 2021
Martin Bergo

T C A ☹️ Been having bad luck with this producer, both with bad bottles and cork. But when one gets a good bottle, it is heavenly.

T C A ☹️ Been having bad luck with this producer, both with bad bottles and cork. But when one gets a good bottle, it is heavenly.

May 21st, 2021
Brent Clayton

Youthful but more resolved than the Rioja Alta. Nice red fruit, tobacco, spice.

Youthful but more resolved than the Rioja Alta. Nice red fruit, tobacco, spice.

Apr 28th, 2021
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