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:
-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."