Sweet fruit and lead pencil notes dominate this wine, whose brightness and liveliness promise decades of potential. Ancient vines and great know-how to ensure that Tondonia always delivers the goods. We do not know of a more consistent wine in existence, though 2008 is considered a standout at this address.
Appellation: D.O.Ca. Rioja
Grapes: Tempranillo, Garnacha, Graciano and Mazuelo
Aging period: 72 months in oak barrels.
Oak: Self-produced American oak.
Robert Parker, 96 pts
"The 2010 Viña Tondonia Reserva has all I expect from a Reserva from Tondonia, complexity, elegance and evolution, a developed nose with notes of forest floor and wild berries, herbs and flowers, a touch of iodine, brick dust, and very fine, polished tannins. It has the seriousness and elegance of Tondonia"
James Suckling, 97 pts
"This is as complex and savory as the rest of the Viña Tondonia wines, but also shows a tad more depth, with a hint of black plum and blue fruit on top of the orange rind, iron, tobacco, and earthy spices. Expect some cedar and truffle to develop in the future. Juicy, zesty, and tight, with dusty tannins and bright berry fruit on the medium-to-full-bodied palate. Drink or hold"
Wine Spectator, 93 pts
"This elegant red is fine and creamy on the palate, with notes of sun-dried cherry, iron, spiced orange peel, graphite, and mocha that slowly unfurl. A bit high-toned on the nose as well as loaded with mineral aromas. Muscular tannins are deftly integrated, while savory dried mint and eucalyptus notes play on the lasting finish. Tempranillo, Garnacho, Graciano and Mazuelo. Drink now.."
R. Lopez de Heredia
This family-owned winery makes highly individual wines in a style essentially unchanged since its inception in 1877. They grow all their grapes using organic methods, ferment using only natural yeasts, and do not filter their wines. They employ four full-time coopers to make their barrels.
Gravonia, Tondonia, Bosconia and Cubillo are all individual vineyards that have been in the family for generations. Patience is a family watchword, as this bodega thinks nothing of waiting twenty years before releasing a wine. Their “Crianzas” are aged like others’ “Reservas” and “Gran Reservas”; the “Reservas” as long as others’ top “Gran Reservas”. And the ultimate accolade of “Gran Reserva” is accorded to only the very greatest vintages. Rarely are there more than three of these in a decade. These are uniquely traditional Riojas of massive, boundary-crossing repute.
Both red and white are capable of staggering longevity. We are immensely proud to present one of this winery's flagship wines to you.