R. López de Heredia

Viña Tondonia Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend

9.2181 ratings
9.223 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
Matt Lasater

Has a cool vintage personality to it, the acid is elevated and tannins are still firm albeit softening from the wines upbringing. Im a fan, there’s a lot of complexity on the nose, taking this classically-styled Rioja beyond what archetypal things might come to mind with this benchmark wine. Soulful and almost old school Bordeaux-like. Current, dried raspberry, stewed plum and dried black cherry, gravel pushing into graphite, tobacco, sous bois, wet leaves, juniper, leather, American oak, pipe smoke. Considerable freshness for such a tertiary wine. The elevated VA could be a problem for some, I enjoyed the lift.

Has a cool vintage personality to it, the acid is elevated and tannins are still firm albeit softening from the wines upbringing. Im a fan, there’s a lot of complexity on the nose, taking this classically-styled Rioja beyond what archetypal things might come to mind with this benchmark wine. Soulful and almost old school Bordeaux-like. Current, dried raspberry, stewed plum and dried black cherry, gravel pushing into graphite, tobacco, sous bois, wet leaves, juniper, leather, American oak, pipe smoke. Considerable freshness for such a tertiary wine. The elevated VA could be a problem for some, I enjoyed the lift.

Jul 30th, 2020
Dr. Owen Bargreen

2006 was a challenge for most in Rioja but the 2006 Vina Tondonia ‘Reserva’ is truly one of the wines of the vintage. The wine is a highly compelling blend of Tempranillo (75%), Garnacho (15%), Graciano and Mazuelo (10%), which was sourced from their estate vineyards and aged for six years prior to bottling. Needing a two hour decant to fully express itself, the wine offers an aromatic profile of cranberry, orange, red currants, red cherry candy and toasty oak aromatics. The palate is plush once in the attack as the wine effortlessly dances across the mid-palate, producing a seamless effect. Red currants, blood orange zest, pipe tobacco flavors and shades of pomegranate seed all beautifully weave their way through the palate. Showing wonderful ageing potential, this is drinking marvelously right now and has another fifteen years to go. Drink 2020-2035- 94

2006 was a challenge for most in Rioja but the 2006 Vina Tondonia ‘Reserva’ is truly one of the wines of the vintage. The wine is a highly compelling blend of Tempranillo (75%), Garnacho (15%), Graciano and Mazuelo (10%), which was sourced from their estate vineyards and aged for six years prior to bottling. Needing a two hour decant to fully express itself, the wine offers an aromatic profile of cranberry, orange, red currants, red cherry candy and toasty oak aromatics. The palate is plush once in the attack as the wine effortlessly dances across the mid-palate, producing a seamless effect. Red currants, blood orange zest, pipe tobacco flavors and shades of pomegranate seed all beautifully weave their way through the palate. Showing wonderful ageing potential, this is drinking marvelously right now and has another fifteen years to go. Drink 2020-2035- 94

May 3rd, 2020
Paco Suro

That is terrific. Drinking well. High QPR. #rarewineco

That is terrific. Drinking well. High QPR. #rarewineco

Apr 5th, 2020
Daniel P. Drake

Thursday night and on the precipice of another weekend and it is time to revisit wine from Spain. Tonight's wine is the 2006 R. López de Heredia Viña Tondonia Reserva. This wine is from Rioja and is a blend of 75% Tempranillo, 15% Garnacho, 5% Graciano and 5% Manzuelo.

The nose has notes of black cherry, fig, licorice, vanilla, leather and cigar box.

On the palate there are well balanced notes of dried cherry, tart raspberry, coffee, licorice, leather and tobacco.

This wine is medium to full bodied with medium + acidity and medium + firm tannins that lead to a long persistent dry finish a very nice wine to start the weekend off right. Enjoy the weekend coming up and please stay safe. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷

Thursday night and on the precipice of another weekend and it is time to revisit wine from Spain. Tonight's wine is the 2006 R. López de Heredia Viña Tondonia Reserva. This wine is from Rioja and is a blend of 75% Tempranillo, 15% Garnacho, 5% Graciano and 5% Manzuelo.

The nose has notes of black cherry, fig, licorice, vanilla, leather and cigar box.

On the palate there are well balanced notes of dried cherry, tart raspberry, coffee, licorice, leather and tobacco.

This wine is medium to full bodied with medium + acidity and medium + firm tannins that lead to a long persistent dry finish a very nice wine to start the weekend off right. Enjoy the weekend coming up and please stay safe. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷

Jan 24th, 2020
Will Stanley

Arghh, wow. Staggeringly youthful. Hits you with a bright, orange zesty palate with fresh acidity and dusty tannin. Very smokey on the nose, with a hint of lavender by the second day. There’s a lot of dried red fruit. Long finish that - surely the sign of any great wine - seems to lengthen with every sip.

Rich, lively and no doubt at the early stage of a long life ahead. Completely different to the 2002 I tasted last, more so than merely the four years between them - if anything, this is somewhat less elegant and more robust. All in good time...

Arghh, wow. Staggeringly youthful. Hits you with a bright, orange zesty palate with fresh acidity and dusty tannin. Very smokey on the nose, with a hint of lavender by the second day. There’s a lot of dried red fruit. Long finish that - surely the sign of any great wine - seems to lengthen with every sip.

Rich, lively and no doubt at the early stage of a long life ahead. Completely different to the 2002 I tasted last, more so than merely the four years between them - if anything, this is somewhat less elegant and more robust. All in good time...

Jan 4th, 2020
Lyle Fass

Founder Fass Selections

9.4

Note erased. More later. Terrific.

Note erased. More later. Terrific.

Dec 25th, 2019
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
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
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