Wine Viña Tondonia Reserva:
Colour: Intense ruby colour with subtle brick red trims. Clean and bright. Good and abundant tears.
Nose: Concentrated and expressive flavours. The intense red fruit is accompanied with notes of spices (especially vanilla) and persistent notes of toasted provided by the wood.
Taste: Good attack. Dry, soft, velvety and rich mid palate with the same notes of fruits and spices previously found in the nose. Soft tannins. Long and persistent finish. A round and elegant wine.
The varieties used to produce this wine are Tempranillo, Grenache, Graciano and Mazuelo grapes from the estate Viña Tondonia, a wonderful estate located on the banks of the Ebro River when it crosses the municipality of Haro. The grape harvest is conducted manually.
Few wines command such respect as those of Viña Tondonia. Opening a bottle of Viña Tondonia nowadays, especially one of their Grandes Reservas, has a touch of mystique. It's like making a journey in slow time and in good company back into the past to enjoy the reality of the present; a similar feeling perhaps to what you feel on entering the labyrinth of their cellars, an amazingly impressive underground construction, and a perfect place for resting these wines replete with individuality and authenticity. If Viña Tondonia wines have enjoyed and continue to enjoy great prestige, it is not through mere chance; they have known how to establish and maintain their good name by effort, dedication and perseverance, creating and keeping the winery within their family circle.
But let us focus on the wine and without further ado open one of their Reservas, a Reserva from such an excellent vintage as 2001 (what a one to pick!). We can begin by asking ourselves: how many wines of this vintage can we still get hold of today, from Rioja or any other region? It is exceptional and demonstrates this house's magnificence: only time and resting in the best conditions can ensure enjoyment of a great wine. That unhurried state, that slow evolution..., which makes us associate these ultra special wines with autumn and even winter; they inspire serenity, recollection, silence, as wines for reflection, with that touch of class. So let us indulge in a taste of luxury.
We finally open the bottle and its past is soon confirmed by the ruby red colour, evolved but still intense, now tinged with brick-red on the rim. A fine wine which, when brought close to the nose, utterly charms us with its refinement and subtlety. It releases gentle aromas, of ripe fruit, fresh and extremely pleasant aromas, with no harsh notes; everything is perfectly combined; once again, this is a fine wine. It caresses the palate on entry, yet not a wine to be termed complex, nor having a huge amount of body. However, what it does offer is a wonderful experience: it is an elegant and refined wine, sinewy and fresh, enveloping and balanced. A classic with personality, a classic brimming with life.
- Wine region: Rioja (Spain)
- Producer: López de Heredia
- Grapes: Tempranillo, Mazuelo, Garnacha y Graciano
2001: Guía Peñín : 92 / Robert Parker : 95
2002: Guía Peñín : 93 / Robert Parker : 91