R. López de Heredia

Viña Tondonia Gran Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend

9.363 ratings
9.411 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
Jay Kline

Decanted about an hour prior. A positively gorgeous wine that just seemed to get better the longer it sat; gaining power and expressing more and more life. VA on the nose; to be expected. Dark cherry fruit, leather, mushrooms, kalamata olives. Unbelievably fresh. Winner.

Decanted about an hour prior. A positively gorgeous wine that just seemed to get better the longer it sat; gaining power and expressing more and more life. VA on the nose; to be expected. Dark cherry fruit, leather, mushrooms, kalamata olives. Unbelievably fresh. Winner.

1 person found it helpfulJun 12th, 2019
Casey Curbow

Sales Associate Windsor Wine Merchants

9.6

A baby. It started kicking and screaming 30-40 minutes in. Plush structure with weighted tart fruit, fresh herb and fall spices. Healthy dose of earth and balanced oak influence. It's unfair to compare this to Burgundy in terms of length and complexity, which it matches without doubt, but deservedly should stand alone as a unique traditional voice in Rioja. And still yet it should be of the highest compliment.

A baby. It started kicking and screaming 30-40 minutes in. Plush structure with weighted tart fruit, fresh herb and fall spices. Healthy dose of earth and balanced oak influence. It's unfair to compare this to Burgundy in terms of length and complexity, which it matches without doubt, but deservedly should stand alone as a unique traditional voice in Rioja. And still yet it should be of the highest compliment.

1 person found it helpfulAug 6th, 2017
Sipping Fine Wine

A blend of 75% Tempranillo, 15% Garnacha, and 10% Mazuelo and Graciano, and aged for 10 Years in old American oak barrels! Wow!! The 1995 is the current release, and the bottle is sealed with red wax! Light 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. Well balanced with smooth tannins and a long lingering finish ending with earthy spice tones. Very Nice, something really special!

A blend of 75% Tempranillo, 15% Garnacha, and 10% Mazuelo and Graciano, and aged for 10 Years in old American oak barrels! Wow!! The 1995 is the current release, and the bottle is sealed with red wax! Light 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. Well balanced with smooth tannins and a long lingering finish ending with earthy spice tones. Very Nice, something really special!

1 person found it helpfulFeb 24th, 2017
jerod peitsmeyer

elegant. old and graceful.

elegant. old and graceful.

1 person found it helpfulJan 3rd, 2017
Lee Pitofsky

Excellent complexity with strong notes of forest floor, wet leaves, leather and dried red fruits with a nice long finish

Excellent complexity with strong notes of forest floor, wet leaves, leather and dried red fruits with a nice long finish

Apr 23rd, 2017
jerod peitsmeyer

wow

Jul 27th, 2016
John Visto

Perfectly balanced, tannins are fully integrated with mature sous bois nose and tons of fruit and energy still in the glass

Perfectly balanced, tannins are fully integrated with mature sous bois nose and tons of fruit and energy still in the glass

Feb 14th, 2021
Eric B
9.4

Great way to start the night.

Great way to start the night.

Jun 18th, 2019
Hanibal

Opened with Ah so....what a nose ! smells more like an old burgundy. Raspberries, cherries menthol and herbs. Tannins are mellow but present, acidity is medium high and alcohol medium. The taste is pure enjoyment and very long in the mouth. What a nice wine !

Opened with Ah so....what a nose ! smells more like an old burgundy. Raspberries, cherries menthol and herbs. Tannins are mellow but present, acidity is medium high and alcohol medium. The taste is pure enjoyment and very long in the mouth. What a nice wine !

Dec 19th, 2018
Jake Rubash

Have only had young rioja prior to this and this was awesome. Such an interesting and beautiful wine. Got a great deal on it here in the UK

Have only had young rioja prior to this and this was awesome. Such an interesting and beautiful wine. Got a great deal on it here in the UK

Jun 3rd, 2018