R. López de Heredia

Viña Tondonia Reserva Rioja Blanco Malvasia Viura

9.2927 ratings
9.3263 pro ratings
La Rioja Alta, La Rioja, Spain
Viura, Malvasia
Cake & Cream
Top Notes For
Severn Goodwin

Nose has oxidized pear slice, browning butter, toasted salt, candied pineapple, beeswax, toasted pistachio and dry crushed granite.

Palate has dried apricot, dried lemon peel, dehydrated green apple slices, toasted ginger, un-salted cashew, (minor) tangerine juice, (minor) vanilla oak notes, yet while showing zingy acidity and a never ending finish. Weighty and light on the palate, simultaneously.

Always one of our favorites in the RLdH lineup, the Blanco's will and can age for decades. This bottle should be close to the current release.

90% Viura / 10% Malvasía; Decanted 3 hours.

Amazing wine...I NEED to find the Gran Reserva, but need much more of this one!

A perfect wine to end cap a long weekend, Labor Day (US), or any weekend really!

Nose has oxidized pear slice, browning butter, toasted salt, candied pineapple, beeswax, toasted pistachio and dry crushed granite.

Palate has dried apricot, dried lemon peel, dehydrated green apple slices, toasted ginger, un-salted cashew, (minor) tangerine juice, (minor) vanilla oak notes, yet while showing zingy acidity and a never ending finish. Weighty and light on the palate, simultaneously.

Always one of our favorites in the RLdH lineup, the Blanco's will and can age for decades. This bottle should be close to the current release.

90% Viura / 10% Malvasía; Decanted 3 hours.

Amazing wine...I NEED to find the Gran Reserva, but need much more of this one!

A perfect wine to end cap a long weekend, Labor Day (US), or any weekend really!

Sep 7th, 2020
Sipping Fine Wine

Still have a few bottles left in my cellar. Nice Ruby red with an elegant bouquet of ripe berry fruits, spice with earthy tones, a traditional Rioja. On the palate, the wine was silky smooth with layers of flavors, berry/cherry, tobacco, smoky cedar, dark fruit, vanilla spice, very well balanced with fine tannins and a clean structure ending with a nice lingering finish. Aging well! Delicious! Good value!

Still have a few bottles left in my cellar. Nice Ruby red with an elegant bouquet of ripe berry fruits, spice with earthy tones, a traditional Rioja. On the palate, the wine was silky smooth with layers of flavors, berry/cherry, tobacco, smoky cedar, dark fruit, vanilla spice, very well balanced with fine tannins and a clean structure ending with a nice lingering finish. Aging well! Delicious! Good value!

May 11th, 2020
Austin Hohnke

Always a stunner. So much acidity on this vintage! Oxidative, full bodied and salty with lots of citrus, orange peel, and almond with a long, nutty finish. This would kill with crab cakes. Plenty of time ahead of it.

Always a stunner. So much acidity on this vintage! Oxidative, full bodied and salty with lots of citrus, orange peel, and almond with a long, nutty finish. This would kill with crab cakes. Plenty of time ahead of it.

Feb 24th, 2020
Sipping Fine Wine

Had another bottle 6 months ago, just gets better and better. Deep Ruby with an elegant bouquet of berry fruits, light spice with fresh earthy tones, a traditional Rioja. On the palate, the wine was silky smooth with layers of flavors, berry and cherry, tobacco, smoky cedar, dark fruit, vanilla spice, very well balanced with fine tannins and a clean structure ending with a nice lingering finish. Delicious! Can age well into next decade.

Had another bottle 6 months ago, just gets better and better. Deep Ruby with an elegant bouquet of berry fruits, light spice with fresh earthy tones, a traditional Rioja. On the palate, the wine was silky smooth with layers of flavors, berry and cherry, tobacco, smoky cedar, dark fruit, vanilla spice, very well balanced with fine tannins and a clean structure ending with a nice lingering finish. Delicious! Can age well into next decade.

Dec 28th, 2019
Shengli Hu

Deep gold. Salted bruised apple, baked pear, ginger, honey, almond paste, hazelnut skin, sweet baking spices - clove and nutmeg, beeswax, and crushed stone. Savory and weighty on the palate, like a Manzanilla. Medium acidity, pronounced intensity, long finish.

Deep gold. Salted bruised apple, baked pear, ginger, honey, almond paste, hazelnut skin, sweet baking spices - clove and nutmeg, beeswax, and crushed stone. Savory and weighty on the palate, like a Manzanilla. Medium acidity, pronounced intensity, long finish.

Oct 13th, 2019
Dr. Owen Bargreen

The 2005 Viña Tondonia Rioja Reserva Blanco is a sensational blend of 90% Viura with 10% Malvasia all sourced from the Viña Tondonia Vineyard. The wine was aged for six years in American oak barrels and then for an additional six years in bottle prior to release. The wine itself begins with intense aromas of salted pear, marzipan, smoked pineapple and hints of apricot all taking shape beautifully in the glass. Bright and intense, with a gorgeous mouthfeel, this wine delivers both a silky texture and lithe minerality. Hugely complex flavors of wet stone, green apple, smoke and starfruit all combine on the palate. Gorgeous and generous now, with an exceedingly long finish, this beautiful wine has decades ahead of it. Drink 2019-2038- 95

The 2005 Viña Tondonia Rioja Reserva Blanco is a sensational blend of 90% Viura with 10% Malvasia all sourced from the Viña Tondonia Vineyard. The wine was aged for six years in American oak barrels and then for an additional six years in bottle prior to release. The wine itself begins with intense aromas of salted pear, marzipan, smoked pineapple and hints of apricot all taking shape beautifully in the glass. Bright and intense, with a gorgeous mouthfeel, this wine delivers both a silky texture and lithe minerality. Hugely complex flavors of wet stone, green apple, smoke and starfruit all combine on the palate. Gorgeous and generous now, with an exceedingly long finish, this beautiful wine has decades ahead of it. Drink 2019-2038- 95

Sep 23rd, 2019
Dr. Owen Bargreen

The 2003 'Vina Tondonia' Blanco Reserva is a tremendous effort from a challenging vintage. Needing more than 30 minutes in the decanter to be fully expressive, this wine opens to aromas of beeswax, smoky oak, Bartlett pear and slight suggestions of fresh white flowers. This leads to flavors reminiscent of nutmeg, cardamom, cantaloupe, beeswax and green papaya. There is an gorgeous overall range of flavors that persist with an oily texture through the finish. Drink 2019-2030- 93

The 2003 'Vina Tondonia' Blanco Reserva is a tremendous effort from a challenging vintage. Needing more than 30 minutes in the decanter to be fully expressive, this wine opens to aromas of beeswax, smoky oak, Bartlett pear and slight suggestions of fresh white flowers. This leads to flavors reminiscent of nutmeg, cardamom, cantaloupe, beeswax and green papaya. There is an gorgeous overall range of flavors that persist with an oily texture through the finish. Drink 2019-2030- 93

Feb 14th, 2019
Dr. Owen Bargreen

The 2005 Viña Tondonia Rioja Reserva Blanco is a sensational blend of 90% Viura with 10% Malvasia all sourced from the Viña Tondonia Vineyard. The wine was aged for six years in American oak barrels and then for an additional six years in bottle prior to release. The wine itself begins with intense aromas of salted pear, marzipan, smoked pineapple and hints of apricot all taking shape beautifully in the glass. Bright and intense, with a gorgeous mouthfeel, this wine delivers both a silky texture and lithe minerality. Hugely complex flavors of wet stone, green apple, smoke and starfruit all combine on the palate. Gorgeous and generous now, with an exceedingly long finish, this beautiful wine has decades ahead of it. Drink 2018-2040- 95

The 2005 Viña Tondonia Rioja Reserva Blanco is a sensational blend of 90% Viura with 10% Malvasia all sourced from the Viña Tondonia Vineyard. The wine was aged for six years in American oak barrels and then for an additional six years in bottle prior to release. The wine itself begins with intense aromas of salted pear, marzipan, smoked pineapple and hints of apricot all taking shape beautifully in the glass. Bright and intense, with a gorgeous mouthfeel, this wine delivers both a silky texture and lithe minerality. Hugely complex flavors of wet stone, green apple, smoke and starfruit all combine on the palate. Gorgeous and generous now, with an exceedingly long finish, this beautiful wine has decades ahead of it. Drink 2018-2040- 95

Feb 14th, 2019
Sommelara

Rioja Blanco, ya pasado de edad 2004, no bueno para mi paladar, pero si te gusta los vinos funkies te lo recomiendo. Con 13 años en la botella el resultado en esta botella es de sabor a plástico y papel celofán. Talvez uno más joven sepa mejor!

Rioja Blanco, ya pasado de edad 2004, no bueno para mi paladar, pero si te gusta los vinos funkies te lo recomiendo. Con 13 años en la botella el resultado en esta botella es de sabor a plástico y papel celofán. Talvez uno más joven sepa mejor!

Nov 1st, 2018
Alberto Cdm

Incredibile. In principio strano e scettico. Poi mangi un piatto e en bevi un po. C sta da dio!

Incredibile. In principio strano e scettico. Poi mangi un piatto e en bevi un po. C sta da dio!

Jul 2nd, 2018