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, “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 and very silky and refined. A beautiful traditional wine to get to know...”
-Vinous Media "Spain's New Releases, Part 2: Triumphs and Travails " May ’17 gave 93 points to 2004 Viña Tondonia Reserva Red. "(aged for six years in American oak barrels) Deep red. Exotic, oak-spiced red berry liqueur, dried cherry and vanilla aromas are complemented by a smoky overtone. Sweet and pliant in the mouth, displaying a velvety texture to the plush black raspberry, cherry-vanilla and coconut flavors. Shows no rough edges and picks up a suave floral note with air, finishing with excellent clarity, a hint of allspice and round, harmonious tannins.”
-Wine Enthusiast Magazine, June '17 gave 91 points to 2004 Viña Tondonia Reserva. "Slightly damp, earthy and cool aromas introduce this traditional Rioja. In the mouth, pinchy tannins and tomatoey acidity pave the way for flavors of raisin, peppery spices and leafy herbs. A long, steady finish is full of life."
-Wine & Spirits Magazine, Dec '16 gave 91 points to 2004 Viña Tondonia Reserva. "A dark and smoky vintage of Tondonia, this combines dense fruit and beefy tannins with elegant, refreshing acidity. Its gentleness and grace bring food to mind, whether aged Manchego or something meaty and spicy, like braised duck."
-Wine Spectator Magazine, Sept '16 gave 90 points to 2004 Viña Tondonia Reserva. "Savory flavors of tea, mushroom and leather frame dried cherry and orange peel notes in this traditional-style red. Features a smooth, polished texture, with light tannins and bright acidity. harmonious and graceful!"
-eRobertParker.com, April '15 gave 94 points to 2004 Viña Tondonia Reserva. "The nose feels savory and developed, with tertiary aromas and good balance between spices, leathery notes, cherries and balsamic notes of cigar box and incense. The palate is both round and crisp with refined tannins. It has very good balance with subtle acidity and very good persistence."