R. López de Heredia

Viña Tondonia Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend

9.21684 ratings
9.2389 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
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
Matt Lasater

No notes, charming, beautiful, soulful as always

No notes, charming, beautiful, soulful as always

May 20th, 2018
DLynn Proctor

Penfolds Ambassador

9.1

Mini mini mini

Mini mini mini

Apr 24th, 2018
Severn Goodwin

Old leather and ripe cherries, absolutely beautiful. Last bottle 😞

Enjoyed with Mahi Mahi Curry at Cantina 229, New Marlborough, MA.

Old leather and ripe cherries, absolutely beautiful. Last bottle 😞

Enjoyed with Mahi Mahi Curry at Cantina 229, New Marlborough, MA.

Nov 20th, 2017
jerod peitsmeyer

I love this wine. I love how it actually tastes Spanish and not like a Californian. It's funky and a bit uncomfortable, but catapults my imagination. I love everything I've tasted from this winery.

I love this wine. I love how it actually tastes Spanish and not like a Californian. It's funky and a bit uncomfortable, but catapults my imagination. I love everything I've tasted from this winery.

9 people found it helpfulDec 5th, 2014
Max Perkins

VP Sales Tryon Distributing

9.0

Another classic! What I dream when I dream Rioja.

Another classic! What I dream when I dream Rioja.

8 people found it helpfulJun 9th, 2014
Jacky Hamasaki

Clear, star bright and garnet, medium minus concentration and medium viscosity
Medium intensity aromas of black plum, ripen strawberry, dried violet, licorice, clove, forest floor and wet clay
Dry, medium body and medium alcohol,medium acidity and medium minus tannin,medium plus finish and medium complexity.mid price $288

Clear, star bright and garnet, medium minus concentration and medium viscosity
Medium intensity aromas of black plum, ripen strawberry, dried violet, licorice, clove, forest floor and wet clay
Dry, medium body and medium alcohol,medium acidity and medium minus tannin,medium plus finish and medium complexity.mid price $288

8 people found it helpfulApr 13th, 2014