R. López de Heredia

Viña Tondonia Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend

9.2472 ratings
9.2132 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
Austin Hohnke

Banging. In the pocket right now. Vanilla bean and burnt pencil shavings on the nose with sunburnt orange peel and baked cranberry and strawberry flavors. Some argue it’s all the same, I think it’s consistently delicious.

Banging. In the pocket right now. Vanilla bean and burnt pencil shavings on the nose with sunburnt orange peel and baked cranberry and strawberry flavors. Some argue it’s all the same, I think it’s consistently delicious.

Jan 26th, 2018
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
Michael Cruse

Owner Cruse Wine Company

9.3

Tasting really nice right now. Strawberry and earth with a very slightly meaty finish.

Tasting really nice right now. Strawberry and earth with a very slightly meaty finish.

7 people found it helpfulFeb 21st, 2014
David Gissen

Aging very well. Really fantastic with the other brook. @camino

Aging very well. Really fantastic with the other brook. @camino

4 people found it helpfulJun 16th, 2014
Christopher Losa

Owner/Wine Director Bar Bambino

8.6

While dusty and not a jam bomb, nonetheless reductive and heavy- handed for Heredia. Shows the warmth of the vintage.

While dusty and not a jam bomb, nonetheless reductive and heavy- handed for Heredia. Shows the warmth of the vintage.

3 people found it helpfulJan 31st, 2015
Tom Kobylarz

So damn easy to drink and interesting at the same time. Insane value here. 13 year old wine that is a recent release from the Bodega. One of the best Tempranillo! #lopezdeheredia #rioja #spain

So damn easy to drink and interesting at the same time. Insane value here. 13 year old wine that is a recent release from the Bodega. One of the best Tempranillo! #lopezdeheredia #rioja #spain

3 people found it helpfulJan 18th, 2015
Jörgen Lindström Carlvik

Owner, Brix Wine Consultants

8.8

Hints of Jura funk and aged, positively oxidative fruity notes, this has great acidity and developed, almost candied fruit flavors. Integrated oak and gentle pine resin linger on the finish. Unique.

Hints of Jura funk and aged, positively oxidative fruity notes, this has great acidity and developed, almost candied fruit flavors. Integrated oak and gentle pine resin linger on the finish. Unique.

2 people found it helpfulJan 11th, 2016
Dade Thieriot

As good as classic Rioja gets from a top vintage--with breast of squab in a dark sauce reduction the marriage was complete with fine aromatics reminiscent of freshly-tanned leather and intensely ripe black berries with enough tannin to keep it going another 15-20 years at least--CHIN CHIN!

As good as classic Rioja gets from a top vintage--with breast of squab in a dark sauce reduction the marriage was complete with fine aromatics reminiscent of freshly-tanned leather and intensely ripe black berries with enough tannin to keep it going another 15-20 years at least--CHIN CHIN!

2 people found it helpfulSep 20th, 2014
Alder Yarrow

Wine Blogger Vinography

9.0

And really old school.

And really old school.

2 people found it helpfulMar 30th, 2014