|Production||180,000 - 200,000 bottles|
Viña Tondonia Reserva2010
Other bottle sizes and vintages
£37.70/ 0.75 L btl
Viña Tondonia Reserva is the quintessential classic Rioja, a wine that’s suitable for all palates, highly regarded by many and totally revered by a good few more. There’s always something mystical about opening one of these bottles. It’s like going slowly back, with a good friend, on a journey into the past, though enjoying it in the present; you get a similar feeling on entering into this estate’s labyrinth of cellars, impressive underground structures, imbued with a magical ambience, the perfect resting place for this wine, not only individual and authentic but also distinguished and so widely appreciated. Do you want to know what Rioja tastes like? Start with a glass of Tondonia Reserva.
What does this wine taste like?
This wine spends 72 months in barrel, yet don’t expect it to result in an oaky wine, as it’s polished, refined, on both the nose and the palate. A wine that’s very easy to drink, thanks to its delicate mouthfeel and low alcohol content. Its colour displays evidence of its evolution, with a brick-red rim when first released, although its ruby-red colour remains constant over time. On the nose it offers the typical aromas of a classic Rioja, toasted and cocoa, but there’s also ripe fruit, yet without highlighting any particular variety used in its production. On the palate it’s a wine which is clearly dry and juicy, with refined tannins, extremely inviting and with an extraordinary freshness, foretelling a long life ahead. The secret is the old oak barrels, a very good selection of grapes, patience and wisdom. It knows how to please.
|Ruby red / Brick-red rim|
|Fine / Cocoa / Polished fine furniture / Sweet spices|
|Dry / Fine tannins / Delicate / Fresh / Persistent|
Drinking and storing
Tondonia Reserva bottles leave the cellar after having rested in excellent conditions for more than ten years. These wines are ready for drinking now. However, they also have a long life ahead. To ensure you experience them at their best, please consider the following:
- the wine has not been filtered, therefore it’s advisable to keep the bottle upright for 1-2 hours before opening
- undo the gold wire mesh which covers the bottle but don’t remove it completely, it’s all part and parcel of this wine’s charm; loosen it from the top, letting it come down to the bottle’s shoulders and tie to the lower part
- open up and allow aeration of the wine in the bottle for 1 hour (or decant it, when in its early years)
- use a wide, Bordeaux type of glass
- always have a few bottles to hand, as it’s one of those wines that everyone enjoys, and when kept properly it will remain in perfect condition for 10 years or more.
This is a delicate wine, easy to drink and ready to accompany practically any sort of food. Leaving aside game and strongly flavoured dishes, it proves a delicious accompaniment to a variety of meats, fish and salads.
Roast lamb / Roast suckling pig / Grilled fish / Foie gras
Ratings and awards
|2009||93 PK||93 PN||97 SK|
|2008||95 PK||95 SK||96 DC|
|2007||96 PK||95 SK|
|2006||95 PK||93 PN||94 SK|
|2005||93 PK||18 JR||93 PN||96 SK|
|2004||94 PK||18 JR||94 PN|
Wine critics reviewsReviews by Parker and Jancis Robinson
The quintessential classical Rioja
I bought two cases of this wine because it represents the very essence of Rioja, and the vintage was the second best of the last two decades, after the phenomenal 2001. I want to make sure I have enough bottles to taste for many more years to come. It's elegant, pure and profound, and with sufficient acidity, structure, tannin and concentration to age well and evolve for another 30 years. This is a wine true to its roots and history, unaffected by fashion or taste, and therefore timeless. It exudes true vinous beauty: a nose of sweet spice, fruit and leather, followed by a graceful experience of rich fruit, intense savoury notes, and a long, rich, rounded finish of tobacco, vanilla and gentle oak perfectly held together by a firm acidity. This will gain significant complexity over timie. Fantastic - a true classic. And at a brilliant price at Vinissumus.
These guys never fail
I was surprised to discover than the 2006 Tondonia Reserva Tinto was even better than the 2004 and 2005, which are supposed to be better vintages. As I write I am having the last sips of a bottle I had over tow days, and those sips have been the best. I am just sorry I din't keep some for tomorrow. It is more tannic than usual, despite being 13 years old, and still developing. I am sure that it will last at least another ten years if not more. Is complex, with dry strawberry, pomegranate, tamarind, orange peel, old mahogany and what I can only describe as... old books. I just hope I can have the Gran Reserva when it eventually come out. Splendid.
Value for money for a Reserva of 2004
I write this note at the second day of drinking this Rioja. Half bottle remained vacuumed one day in my cellar and the second day was much nicer than the first drink. It presented all aromas and palate notes, some of which were not present the first day. Meaning that it needs much more than 30 minutes decanting, which I did the first day. It is a very smooth and balanced wine. Litle lighter than expected with medium body and not very strong wood and earthy notes expected from a 2004 Reserva. But is very easy drinkable and goes with not heavy meals. If you compare price and guilty, then it;s value for money...
Classic, well matured wine from Rioja
This is one of more rustic style of wines that come from Rioja. Well-integrated oak flavor makes perfect balance with fruitness, giving firm structure and long-lasting tasting experience. As older wines typically do, this wine doesn't really tell you much about itself from the moment it is opened. However, there is undeniable elegance showing up as it breathes in the glass. If you are looking for a bottle of decent aged wine with softness and complexity, go for it!
Favourite Riojan producer
Bodegas R. López de Heredia is my favourite producer from Rioja. Their uncompromised approach to wine making lets us to enjoy great old-school Riojan wines with modest price. I will always make sure that I have at least couple Vina Tondonia's stashed in my cellar. Ready to drink on release but keeps improving at least for couple years.
|Ageing period||72 months|
|Type of wood||American oak|
|Clarification and filtration||Unfiltered / Clarified with fresh egg whites|
Viña Tondonia was this estate’s first brand name, but we shouldn’t forget it’s essentially López de Heredia’s main vineyard: a beautiful vine-growing area that ranges over more than 100 hectares, located on the River Ebro’s right bank, affording a landscape of alluvium, limestone and black poplar trees, which the winery’s founder, Don Rafael López de Heredia y Landeta, planted in the years 1913-1914, in his desire to ensure quality at source, this vineyard, where work is carried out manually.
|Vine age||100 years|
|Soil||Calcareous-clay / Gravel surface|
Bodegas R. López de Heredia
R. López de Heredia (Viña Tondonia) is one of the names which inspires most respect and admiration with regard to wineries producing "fine wine". It is, moreover, the oldest winery in the emblematic town of Haro and one of the first three set up in La Rioja.