Grapes: 75% Tempranillo, 15% Garnacho, 10% Graciano, and Mazuelo.
Aging: 6 years in American oak barrels and at least 4 years in the bottles. Racked twice per year and no added yeast.
Taste: Terrific nose of leather, oak, vanilla, citrus, and spice. Full palate and complex development, very dry, and very well balanced.
Gastronomy: All kinds of meats and grilled fish.
Color: A darker, vivacious, deep garnet.
Talking About the Wines:
-Wine & Spirits, The Restaurant Top 50 The Most Popular Wines in America’s Top Restaurants, April ’18 gave #1 ranking to Viña Tondonia Reserva.
-Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, March '18 gave 95 points to 2006 Tondonia Reserva.“… It always matures in used American oak barriques for some six years. The oldest of all the reds I tasted, it was also the one with more freshness, which speaks to the quality of the vineyard...”
- Wine & Spirits, “Year’s Best Rioja”, Dec ’17 gave 90 points to 2005 Tondonia Reserva. “Work your way past the bittersweet-chocolate notes of oak and scents of dill and paprika, and you’ll find some freshness, and richness to complement this wine’s maturity. Tondonia Reserva offers elegance rather than intensity or power, an aristocratic take on old-line Rioja.”
-The Washington Wine Blog August ’17 gave 94 points to 2005 Tondonia Reserva. “…This great wine opens with a bright bouquet of leather, cranberry, orange rind, forest floor, and suggestions of Chinese black tea. Showing incredible balance and poise, this wine shows off leather, red cherry, teaberry, Mandarin orange, and pipe tobacco flavors that sit alongside brisk minerality. This is a stunner by Tondonia as the wine shows tremendous freshness and length despite obvious age…”
-James Suckling, “The Alluring Freshness of Spain”, July ’17 gave 94 points to 2005 Viña Tondonia Reserva. “Lovely depth of fruit to this mature red with chocolate, dark tea, and bark. Purple flowers and violets. Full, very silky, and refined. A beautiful traditional wine to get to know...”