- A blend of Tempranillo, Grenache, Graciano and Mazuelo
- An icon of traditional Rioja winemaking
- Approaching its apex and will be there for some time to follow
From the very good 2006 vintage, the Viña Tondonia Reserva is an undisputable classic of Rioja from R. López de Heredia whose traditional winemaking approach has served them well since the last 19th century.
Perfumed and fresh with aromas of vanilla and dried berries that are complemented by a rich, smooth and well balanced palate. The wine is drinking superbly now at 14 years old and our money is on it continuing to do so for a further 5-8 years under the right conditions.
"The red flagship 2006 Viña Tondonia Reserva was inspired by the vineyards of the Médoc but produced with local grapes. 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. This takes the lion's share of the 400,000 bottles the winery produces, with some 220,000 bottles filled over a period of 12 consecutive days in May 2014." - Luis Gutiérrez, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"This is a remarkably lively wine for a 12-year-old Rioja with notes of licorice and dried cherries and a very elegant tannin structure that runs through the medium to full body of this red like a silk thread. The dry finish is long and polished. Drink or hold." - James Suckling
"This red remains fresh and juicy, featuring cherry, berry and licorice flavors mingling with smoke, coffee and mineral notes. Light, firm tannins and orange peel acidity keep this balanced." - Wine Spectator