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 Magazine, Dec ’18 gave 90 points to 2006 Viña Tondonia Reserva. “This vintage of Tondonia is elegant and fully developed, its cool dill scents and zesty flavors of wild strawberry and pomegranate still firm, but beginning to yield to the touch. Lovely to drink now, this is the kind of versatile Rioja that can match most anything, from sautéed hake cheeks to winery roasts, and even the cheese course.”
-Wine & Spirits, The Restaurant Top 50 The Most Popular Wines in America’s Top Restaurants, April ’18 gave #1 ranking to Viña Tondonia Reserva.
-eRobertParker.com, 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...”
- A View From The Cellar, May-June '18 gave 93 points to 2005 Viña Tondonia Reserva. “The 2005 Viña Tondonia Reserva from López de Heredia is a beautiful example of classical Rioja, with the developing aromatic and flavor complexity of a thirteen year-old wine that is, in reality, just beginning its vinous journey. The bouquet is pure, old school and stellar, jumping from the glass in a mix of black cherries, raspberries, Rioja spices, a refined base of soil elements, incipient notes of cigar smoke, fresh nutmeg and a lovely bass-line of coconutty, old American oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and already nicely velvety on the attack, with a fine core, lovely soil signature, modest tannins and a long, tangy and still fairly primary finish. This is very easy to drink already, but will be so much better with another five to ten years’ worth of bottle age. A very fine example of why one does not have to focus exclusively on Gran Reservas to get the best of Rioja!”
-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...”