Grapes: 90% Viura, 10% Malvasia.
Aging: 6 years in American oak barrels and at least 6 years in bottles. Racked twice per year and no added yeast.
Taste: Fresh rich nose, elegant, and complex. The results of bottle aging are to be felt on the palate and this white Reserva exhibits all the qualities of a well-rounded, densely, sophisticated wine.
Gastronomy: Perfect with all kinds of fish and grilled seafood.
Color: Natural gold develop.
Talking About the Wines:
-Wine & Spirits Magazine, Oct ’19 gave 96 points to 2005 Viña Tondonia Reserva Blanco. “A classic Estate in Haro, López de Heredia was founded in 1977. The current generation at the helm of the estate – Maria José, Mercedes and Julio Cesar – run it essentially in the same way their forebears did, farming and harvesting by hand, and vinifying the wines slowly, with extended aging in oak barrels produced in their onsite cooperage. No wine is released here before its ready: All the releases we tasted this year had aged for more than a decade, and all will continue to evolve for many more years, if allowed. It’s probably easiest to find them in restaurants: Last year, López de Heredia placed number one as the most popular brand in our annual Restaurant Poll; this is the winery’s seventh appearance in the Top 100.”
-The Wine Advocate, June ‘19 gave 96 points to 2007 R. López de Heredia, Viña Tondonia Reserva Blanco. “They developed the superb 2007 Viña Tondonia Blanco Reserva following the founder R. López de Heredia’s admiration for the wines of Graves,austere and dry whites. 2007 was a very gpod vintage in Rioja, much better than anticipated, and the wines are evolving slowly and ina positive way. This is not an exception, and the wine is vibrant, lively and tasty, with a day/umamisalty finish. Maria José López de Heredia considers 2007 a great vintage for their wines – extraordinary, with freshness and almost as good as 2010. There will be a Viña Tondonia Blanco Gran Reserva. 20,000 bottels produced. It was bottles in May 2016 and should be released in October/November 2016.”
-The Wine Advocate, June ‘19 gave 95 points to 2006 R. López de Heredia, Viña Tondonia Reserva Blanco. “One of the two vintages I tasted of the white from the Viña Tondonia Blanco Reserva is from a warm and ripe year, but the wine doesn’t show heat. It feels a little riper than the 2007 I tasted next to it. It has more depth and complexity than the Gravonia, with the aromatic profile closer to a white Hermitage than any other white I can think of. The palate is boen dr, with some austerity and pungent flavors, where the flavors include lemon peel, beeswax, herbal tea and dry hay. 10,000 bottles produced. It was bottles in May 2015.”
- Wine Spectator Magazine, May '19 gave 91 points to 2005 Viña Tondonia Reserva. "This white has a traditional character. A thick, firm texture carries baked apple, Orange peel, tarragon and vanilla notes, with lively acidity keeping this focused."
-International Wine Report, Jan ’19 gave 95 points to 2005 Viña Tondonia Reserva. “The 2005 Vina Tondonia Rioja Reserva Blanco is a sensational blend of 90% Viura with 10% Malvasia all sourced from the Viña Tondonia Vineyard. The wine was aged for six years in American oak barrels and then for an additional six years in bottle prior to release. The wine itself begins with intense aromas of salted pear, marzipan, smoked pineapple and hints of apricot all taking shape beautifully in the glass. Bright and intense, with a gorgeous mouthfeel, this wine delivers both a silky texture and lithe minerality. Hugely complex flavors of wet stone, green apple, smoke and starfruit all combine on the palate. Gorgeous and generous now, with an exceedingly long finish, this beautiful wine has decades ahead of it.”
-Wine & Spirits Magazine, Dec ’18 gave 96 points to 2005 Viña Tondonia Reserva. “Open the bottle and wake this wine from its deep sleep. You’ll meet a gentle white Rioja, slightly irascible, as if you’d nudged a Spaniard out of her beauty sleep. The wine quickly finds its balance, a smoky, lemony chicken-broth scent, a pale earthy savor, a gentle beeswax character, and lovely textural give. But it doesn’t show itself until a day later, when scents of salty peach and crisp green pear begin to layer into the yellow fruit, refreshing the wine, bringing along a scent of roses and beautiful detail to the richness. This wine appears to be ageless and will likely live for decades.”
-Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, March '18 gave 95 points to 2005 Viña Tondonia Reserva.“… this showed higher ripeness and a lot more developed aromas, nuttier with hints of hay and straw, honey, and also chamomile and dried flowers. But the oak is never obvious in the wine, it only adds spiciness, but no wood aromas...”
-A View From The Cellar, May-June ’18 gave 93 points to 2004 Viña Tondonia Reserva. “The 2004 “Viña Tondonia” Rioja Blanco Reserva from López de Heredia is an outstanding bottle of wine. The bouquet has reached a beautiful point of evolution at age fourteen, wafting from the glass in a sophisticated blend of white cherries, a touch of orange peel, sweet almonds, salty soil tones, vanilla bean, a nice touch of coconut and a discreet floral topnote of lilac blossoms. On the palate the wine is crisp, full-bodied, complex and beautifully balanced, with a fine core, bright acids, excellent focus and grip and a long, vibrant and lovely finish. Fine, fine juice.”
-Wine & Spirits, “Year’s Best Rioja”, Dec ’17 gave 96 points to 2004 Viña Tondonia Reserva.“… Open the bottle and you might taste tart lemon, juicy almond, and touches of oxidation, bringing to mind wood oils. Those flavors integrate with air so that the wine saturates the palate with freshness, the scent turned heady, toward croissants and almond blossoms, the flavors savory, salty and bright… Leave it in the decanter and it gives off the energy of the cool sun at harvest, delicious memory of an ideal autumn day in 2004."
-Wine Spectator Dec '17 gave 95 points to 2004 Viña Tondonia Reserva. “This distinctive white shows its age in the deep gold color, but still has life and structure. Hazelnut, vanilla, and lanolin flavors frame a core of dried apple and coconut notes, while keen acidity, and light tannins keep this focused. Dense, complex, and harmonious.”
-The Washington Wine Blog August '17 gave 93 points to 2005 Viña Tondonia Reserva.“… golden hue and opens with a bright aromatic display of candle wax, candied ginger, honeydew melon, and suggestions of toasted hazelnuts. The silky mouthfeel coats the mid-palate. Quince, Meyer lemon zest, marzipan, and beeswax with cantaloupe flavors impress. The wood is rather intense, but connects well with the richness of this wine. This is silky, rich, and elegant Rioja Blanco from this storied estate…”