R. López de Heredia

Viña Tondonia Gran Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend

9.156 ratings
9.28 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
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9.4

(aged in American oak barrels for nine years and then in bottle for a minimum of eight more years) Faded brick-red. Aromas of red berries, dried rose, cedar and tobacco show outstanding delineation and pick up woodsmoke and herb nuances as the wine opens up. Sweet and seamless in texture, offering mineral-accented red currant, cherry and blood orange flavors that spread out steadily on the back half. The extremely long, tannin-free finish shows compelling sweetness, lingering florality and an echo of smoky oak. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, May 2017)

(aged in American oak barrels for nine years and then in bottle for a minimum of eight more years) Faded brick-red. Aromas of red berries, dried rose, cedar and tobacco show outstanding delineation and pick up woodsmoke and herb nuances as the wine opens up. Sweet and seamless in texture, offering mineral-accented red currant, cherry and blood orange flavors that spread out steadily on the back half. The extremely long, tannin-free finish shows compelling sweetness, lingering florality and an echo of smoky oak. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, May 2017)

1 person found it helpfulFeb 16th, 2018
Robert Cunningham

Wine Educator DeVinimus, Wine Workshop

7.9

Defective

Defective

Nov 8th, 2016
John Davidson

Outstanding. And it was comped!

Outstanding. And it was comped!

May 31st, 2018
Craig Jenest

Served with...
Aiguillette de Caneton au Poivre Vert

Served with...
Aiguillette de Caneton au Poivre Vert

Apr 30th, 2018
Robert Deragisch

Lost a bit due to temperature fluctuations in Ramon's cellar. But still drinkable, and good palate.

Lost a bit due to temperature fluctuations in Ramon's cellar. But still drinkable, and good palate.

Aug 24th, 2017
Naboth van den Broek

Always a pleasure

Always a pleasure

Jul 15th, 2017
David Annis

Brilliant start to an evening with Scott and Melissa. Pale brick color, light to medium body. Orange zest and cigar box, noticeable oak but not off-putting or overdone. Classic rioja. Drinking beautifully now, no hurry but I can't imagine it getting any better either.

Brilliant start to an evening with Scott and Melissa. Pale brick color, light to medium body. Orange zest and cigar box, noticeable oak but not off-putting or overdone. Classic rioja. Drinking beautifully now, no hurry but I can't imagine it getting any better either.

May 6th, 2017
Ed Tostanoski

Vintage is a ???? but the shop guessed '64.

Bottled especially for Vinos Ezeiza in San Sebastián

Vintage is a ???? but the shop guessed '64.

Bottled especially for Vinos Ezeiza in San Sebastián

Jun 27th, 2016
Ira Schwartz

(Had to do via search as somehow the bottle vanished from the table)
For me exactly what I expect from an aged LdH . The orange and garnet bricking with great aromas of earth leather and hints of dirty socks. The palate also showed as expected. The first thing that is noticeable in the mouth is a strong acid backbone. A soft but intense rush of flavors including cinnamon, orange peel and herbs. Lingering finish.

(Had to do via search as somehow the bottle vanished from the table)
For me exactly what I expect from an aged LdH . The orange and garnet bricking with great aromas of earth leather and hints of dirty socks. The palate also showed as expected. The first thing that is noticeable in the mouth is a strong acid backbone. A soft but intense rush of flavors including cinnamon, orange peel and herbs. Lingering finish.

Jun 27th, 2016
Anthony Lombardi

In an ethereal place for drinking. Get it.

In an ethereal place for drinking. Get it.

May 22nd, 2016