R. López de Heredia

Viña Tondonia Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend

9.21738 ratings
9.2408 pro ratings
La Rioja, Spain
Tempranillo, Grenache, Graciano, Mazuelo
Top Notes For
Conrad Green

Softer edged roses and gentle blackcurrant fruit with a very pretty green element then really long and settled and elegant. What a great bottle. So complete

Softer edged roses and gentle blackcurrant fruit with a very pretty green element then really long and settled and elegant. What a great bottle. So complete

Oct 3rd, 2018
Vito Sergio Parente

a family’s favorite - #rioja #lopezdeheredia #viñatondonia

Sep 19th, 2018
Bill Bender

Stink-tastic! The fruit is still holding on and the tannins are fine and resolved. Still has that aged leather, cigar box and smoke profile. Seek this maker out. A QPR champ.

Stink-tastic! The fruit is still holding on and the tannins are fine and resolved. Still has that aged leather, cigar box and smoke profile. Seek this maker out. A QPR champ.

Sep 14th, 2018
Stefan Dolhain

2005 vintage. If you love old-school Rioja this is terrific value at about 33 euro.

2005 vintage. If you love old-school Rioja this is terrific value at about 33 euro.

Aug 31st, 2018
Gregory Fulchiero

Super fresh - the extra time in barrique (6 yrs) really helped integrate this - sediment from Ebro river

Super fresh - the extra time in barrique (6 yrs) really helped integrate this - sediment from Ebro river

Aug 2nd, 2018
Meg Herring

Was shocked this was an ‘05. Tons of time left for this to age.

Was shocked this was an ‘05. Tons of time left for this to age.

Jul 29th, 2018
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.4

From magnum and paired well with three different Tri-tip steaks sources and marinades.

On the nose, sweet & sour, ripe dark cherries, cherries, blackberries, strawberries, some ripe, slightly rustic rhubarb with just a hint of blue fruits. Glycerin, touch of fruit liqueur, vanilla, dry stones, crushed rocks, hints of dry herbs, used leather, saddle-wood, dark rich soils, soft dark spice, underlying white pepper and dark red fresh and slightly withering florals with a touch of violets.

The palate is med and beautiful. The length, structure, tension and balance are at its peak harmony from magnum. Sweet & sour, ripe dark cherries, cherries, blackberries, strawberries, pomegranate, some ripe, slightly rustic rhubarb, burnt orange, with just a hint of blue fruits. Glycerin, touch of fruit liqueur, vanilla, dry river stones, crushed rocks, hints of dry herbs, used leather, saddle-wood, dark rich soils, limestone minerals, dry stems, more presence, soft dark spice, underlying white pepper and dark red fresh and slightly withering florals with a touch of violets and blue flowers. The acidity is waterfall perfect. The rich, ripe, fresh fruit, well balanced finish is simply beauty on steroids.

Photos of, Lopez de Heredia, Vat fermenters that are still in use and somewhere between 100-200 years of age (they repair them as needed to keep them tight), their cooperage and Maria José López de Heredia who now runs the family business.

From magnum and paired well with three different Tri-tip steaks sources and marinades.

On the nose, sweet & sour, ripe dark cherries, cherries, blackberries, strawberries, some ripe, slightly rustic rhubarb with just a hint of blue fruits. Glycerin, touch of fruit liqueur, vanilla, dry stones, crushed rocks, hints of dry herbs, used leather, saddle-wood, dark rich soils, soft dark spice, underlying white pepper and dark red fresh and slightly withering florals with a touch of violets.

The palate is med and beautiful. The length, structure, tension and balance are at its peak harmony from magnum. Sweet & sour, ripe dark cherries, cherries, blackberries, strawberries, pomegranate, some ripe, slightly rustic rhubarb, burnt orange, with just a hint of blue fruits. Glycerin, touch of fruit liqueur, vanilla, dry river stones, crushed rocks, hints of dry herbs, used leather, saddle-wood, dark rich soils, limestone minerals, dry stems, more presence, soft dark spice, underlying white pepper and dark red fresh and slightly withering florals with a touch of violets and blue flowers. The acidity is waterfall perfect. The rich, ripe, fresh fruit, well balanced finish is simply beauty on steroids.

Photos of, Lopez de Heredia, Vat fermenters that are still in use and somewhere between 100-200 years of age (they repair them as needed to keep them tight), their cooperage and Maria José López de Heredia who now runs the family business.

Jul 1st, 2018
Matt Perlman

First time tasting the ‘05 Tondonia...excellent, more long term aging potential than the ‘04. Still substantial American oak and sweet fruit to integrate.

First time tasting the ‘05 Tondonia...excellent, more long term aging potential than the ‘04. Still substantial American oak and sweet fruit to integrate.

Jun 17th, 2018
Jason Li

Bright and concentrated. Powerful alcohol and full bodied. Got some acidity on palate

Bright and concentrated. Powerful alcohol and full bodied. Got some acidity on palate

Jun 2nd, 2018