R. López de Heredia

Viña Tondonia Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend

9.22324 ratings
9.2494 pro ratings
La Rioja, Spain
Tempranillo, Grenache, Graciano, Mazuelo
Lamb, Tomato-Based, Polenta, Hard Cheese, Pork, Beef, Pasta, Mushrooms, Soft Cheese, Chicken, Venison, Exotic Spices, Potato, Turkey, Beans & Peas, Herbs, Baking Spices, Pungent Cheese, Duck, Salami & Prosciutto, White Rice, Chili & Hot Spicy, Lasagna, Pizza, Barbecue, Mexican Cuisine, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Chocolate & Caramel, Veal, Nuts & Seeds, Asian Cuisine, Salads & Greens, Quinoa, Farro, Brown Rice, Quinoa
Top Notes For
Connor Smith

With the Wine Blight laying waste to her vineyards, France went from 8:1 exporter in 1870 to 6:1 importer in 1887. Legions of wine farmers faced total financial ruin. With no cure - or even a proper diagnosis - in sight, many saw no option but to flee to lands not yet affected.

The influx of institutional knowledge that flooded into former backwater wine regions like Rioja catapulted them into relevance, and soon matured into a world-class standard. The farmers had found respite, but couldn't run forever. By the time Phylloxera crossed the Pyrenees, however, there would be new ways to fight back.

French botanist Jules-Emile Planchon had a theory. If the blight was caused by a microscopic American insect as he suspected, perhaps grafted European varieties on American rootstock would be resistant. This would be confirmed by Missouri entomologist Charles Riley, and with millions of rootstocks supplied by Texas horticulturalist T.V. Munson, the Wine Blight was soon in remission.

(This is adapted from notes for Le Dû’s Wines ‘History of Wine 1453AD-Present’ seminar, where this wine was poured)

With the Wine Blight laying waste to her vineyards, France went from 8:1 exporter in 1870 to 6:1 importer in 1887. Legions of wine farmers faced total financial ruin. With no cure - or even a proper diagnosis - in sight, many saw no option but to flee to lands not yet affected.

The influx of institutional knowledge that flooded into former backwater wine regions like Rioja catapulted them into relevance, and soon matured into a world-class standard. The farmers had found respite, but couldn't run forever. By the time Phylloxera crossed the Pyrenees, however, there would be new ways to fight back.

French botanist Jules-Emile Planchon had a theory. If the blight was caused by a microscopic American insect as he suspected, perhaps grafted European varieties on American rootstock would be resistant. This would be confirmed by Missouri entomologist Charles Riley, and with millions of rootstocks supplied by Texas horticulturalist T.V. Munson, the Wine Blight was soon in remission.

(This is adapted from notes for Le Dû’s Wines ‘History of Wine 1453AD-Present’ seminar, where this wine was poured)

Aug 20th, 2019
boyd pearson

Haunting.

Haunting.

Jul 26th, 2019
Jonathan Wall

Leather, cigar, olives, burned cherry, oak... a lot of good stuff going on here, but not fully integrated. Still loved it. Especially at the deep discount for a damaged label ($HKD).

Leather, cigar, olives, burned cherry, oak... a lot of good stuff going on here, but not fully integrated. Still loved it. Especially at the deep discount for a damaged label ($HKD).

Jul 1st, 2019
Peter van den Besselaar

Vintage 2006 Blind tasted. The bouquet misleads me: sweet! Then mocca, cacao, toffee, coconut, and even roses. Rich taste with excellent structure. A treat!

Vintage 2006 Blind tasted. The bouquet misleads me: sweet! Then mocca, cacao, toffee, coconut, and even roses. Rich taste with excellent structure. A treat!

May 4th, 2019
Jay Eagan

The .375 is just starting to show a little age.

The .375 is just starting to show a little age.

Apr 28th, 2019
Ivonne Nill

Dried strawberries and leather with significant oak impression (dill, astringent tannins), medium bodied 13ABV. The extract and concentration will allow the oak to further integrate over time. This beauty has a long life ahead.

Dried strawberries and leather with significant oak impression (dill, astringent tannins), medium bodied 13ABV. The extract and concentration will allow the oak to further integrate over time. This beauty has a long life ahead.

Apr 9th, 2019
Stefan Dolhain

2006 vintage. Amazing complexity for the price.

2006 vintage. Amazing complexity for the price.

Mar 6th, 2019
Matt Trader

Wino-Wednesday 1/2 off premium wines!

Wino-Wednesday 1/2 off premium wines!

Feb 21st, 2019
Sipping Fine Wine

Beautiful Ruby red with an elegant bouquet of sweet berry fruits, subtle 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. Delicious!

Beautiful Ruby red with an elegant bouquet of sweet berry fruits, subtle 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. Delicious!

Jan 2nd, 2019
Ryan Mullins

Out of magnum a fucking classic

Out of magnum a fucking classic

Nov 17th, 2018