R. López de Heredia

Viña Tondonia Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend

9.2323 ratings
9.250 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
Josh Morgenthau

Violets, soy, red berries and dark tart cherries with Parmesan rind on the nose, and blood, tomato juice and himalayan salt on the palate, accompanying inner-mouth florals. Streaky acidity and calm but persistent tannins. Not quite as delicate as expected... feels midway in its transformation to tertiary deliciousness.

Violets, soy, red berries and dark tart cherries with Parmesan rind on the nose, and blood, tomato juice and himalayan salt on the palate, accompanying inner-mouth florals. Streaky acidity and calm but persistent tannins. Not quite as delicate as expected... feels midway in its transformation to tertiary deliciousness.

Aug 16th, 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 5th, 2020
Sipping Fine Wine

Had a bottle over a year ago, grabbed another out of 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!

Had a bottle over a year ago, grabbed another out of 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!

Mar 20th, 2020
Dr. Owen Bargreen

Coming from an exceptional vintage, the 2005 Viña Tondonia from R. Lopez de Heredia is a compelling blend of Tempranillo (75%), Garnacho (15%), Graciano and Mazuelo (10%), all sourced from their estate vineyards and aged for six years prior to bottling. This sensational wine opens with a bright bouquet of leather, cranberry, orange rind, forest floor and suggestions of black tea. Showing incredible focus and poise, this balanced Rioja is framed around flavors off leather, red cherry, teaberry, Mandarin orange and pipe tobacco that sit alongside brisk minerality, as the wine shows tremendous freshness and length through the long finish. This is an absolute stunning effort from this storied Estate and should continut to drink beautifully for years to come. Drink 2019-2035- 94

Coming from an exceptional vintage, the 2005 Viña Tondonia from R. Lopez de Heredia is a compelling blend of Tempranillo (75%), Garnacho (15%), Graciano and Mazuelo (10%), all sourced from their estate vineyards and aged for six years prior to bottling. This sensational wine opens with a bright bouquet of leather, cranberry, orange rind, forest floor and suggestions of black tea. Showing incredible focus and poise, this balanced Rioja is framed around flavors off leather, red cherry, teaberry, Mandarin orange and pipe tobacco that sit alongside brisk minerality, as the wine shows tremendous freshness and length through the long finish. This is an absolute stunning effort from this storied Estate and should continut to drink beautifully for years to come. Drink 2019-2035- 94

Feb 19th, 2019
Chris McClellan

Red cherry/pomegranate, black cherry, dusty tannins, med plus acid, leather and earth, slight vanilla and toast..classic. Fruit still present. Great wine..

Red cherry/pomegranate, black cherry, dusty tannins, med plus acid, leather and earth, slight vanilla and toast..classic. Fruit still present. Great wine..

Sep 24th, 2018
Vito Sergio Parente

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

Sep 19th, 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
ADAM STROMFELD

Dirt with a capital “D” - soft and well balanced sour cherries great funk! Nice and lively acidity!

Dirt with a capital “D” - soft and well balanced sour cherries great funk! Nice and lively acidity!

Jun 12th, 2018
Matt Lasater

No notes, charming, beautiful, soulful as always

No notes, charming, beautiful, soulful as always

May 20th, 2018