R. López de Heredia

Viña Tondonia Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend

9.170 ratings
9.011 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
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
Stefan Dolhain

2006 vintage. Amazing complexity for the price.

2006 vintage. Amazing complexity for the price.

Mar 6th, 2019
Jay Kline

The latest release of Tondonia tinto and its fabulous already. In its relative youth, there is already greater depth than any Tondonia I can recall since 2001. Bright red and dark cherry fruit with baking spices and olive tapenade. Finish is long. Deft balance. The future is really bright with this one.

The latest release of Tondonia tinto and its fabulous already. In its relative youth, there is already greater depth than any Tondonia I can recall since 2001. Bright red and dark cherry fruit with baking spices and olive tapenade. Finish is long. Deft balance. The future is really bright with this one.

1 person found it helpfulMay 12th, 2019
Mike Steffel

10 year old white and I do not want a second glass.

10 year old white and I do not want a second glass.

Jul 14th, 2016
Jonathan Salky

Did not open up at all over dinner. Was great the next day tho!

Did not open up at all over dinner. Was great the next day tho!

Oct 4th, 2019
Jim Chen

Better with age ;)

Better with age ;)

Sep 25th, 2019
Iwan

Tondonia does it again I don’t know another wine that so consistently outperforms and drinks like a wine three times the price. So elegant, so fresh, so yummy.

Tondonia does it again I don’t know another wine that so consistently outperforms and drinks like a wine three times the price. So elegant, so fresh, so yummy.

Sep 13th, 2019