R. López de Heredia

Viña Tondonia Gran Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend

9.337 ratings
9.515 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
Rachel Merriam

Wine Director Casa Mono

9.1

Oh you pretty thing.
This puppy went head to head with the 1981 Tondonia and this one blew her out of the water. Tobacco and acidity that hit you straight in the jaw.

Oh you pretty thing.
This puppy went head to head with the 1981 Tondonia and this one blew her out of the water. Tobacco and acidity that hit you straight in the jaw.

1 person found it helpfulNov 5th, 2015
Steve Pollack

Black tea on the nose, palate of dried red cherries. Light and elegant. Fully mature, a little hot on finish. Gran Reserva

Black tea on the nose, palate of dried red cherries. Light and elegant. Fully mature, a little hot on finish. Gran Reserva

1 person found it helpfulJan 4th, 2015
Ryan Foss

WOTN unanimous Absurdly amazing aromas of tobacco, crushed red fruit, tea, leather, etc. ethereal, so special and a steal at $65.

WOTN unanimous Absurdly amazing aromas of tobacco, crushed red fruit, tea, leather, etc. ethereal, so special and a steal at $65.

Nov 22nd, 2014
Gil Bauer

Gran Riserva

Gran Riserva

Nov 18th, 2014
Mike Saviage

Great old Rioja in a good drinking window right now.

Great old Rioja in a good drinking window right now.

Oct 25th, 2014
Michael Hildbold

Mature Rioja, same age as me.

Mature Rioja, same age as me.

Mar 4th, 2014
B
10

1985 Lopez de Heredia Temperanillo. Lunch at Coq SF for A&S’ anniversary. Decanted for an hour before drinking. Excellent. Not too long a finish, but very soft and no hard end to the finish. Balanced and really delicious.

1985 Lopez de Heredia Temperanillo. Lunch at Coq SF for A&S’ anniversary. Decanted for an hour before drinking. Excellent. Not too long a finish, but very soft and no hard end to the finish. Balanced and really delicious.

Dec 27th, 2019
Steve Anderson

My original planned contribution for the Spanish blind flight. Popped mid afternoon. Decent fill, but crumbly cork and wine soaked to the top. Nose was good, but extremely austere on the palate. A bit bitter. Checked in on it a couple of times over the afternoon and evening. Got slightly better, but never fleshed out. Nothing like the previous gorgeous bottle a year or so ago.

My original planned contribution for the Spanish blind flight. Popped mid afternoon. Decent fill, but crumbly cork and wine soaked to the top. Nose was good, but extremely austere on the palate. A bit bitter. Checked in on it a couple of times over the afternoon and evening. Got slightly better, but never fleshed out. Nothing like the previous gorgeous bottle a year or so ago.

May 15th, 2017
Michael Meyer

Slightly flawed 😟

Slightly flawed 😟

May 14th, 2017
Conrad Green

A lovely aged pretty rose nose. Soft and precise but suffers a little in proximity to the others. Lovely, but not amazing

A lovely aged pretty rose nose. Soft and precise but suffers a little in proximity to the others. Lovely, but not amazing

Dec 2nd, 2016