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R. LÓPEZ de HEREDIA RIOJA RESERVA VIÑA TONDONIA 2005

96 Points

“Traditional Rioja at its ageworthy best.”

96/100 Decanter UK

  • Closure: Cork
  • Unit: Each
  • Volume: 750ml
  • Alcohol: 13.0%
  • Grape: 75% Tempranillo, 15% Garnacho, 5% Graciano, 5% Mazuelo

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Regions : Rioja

“Traditional Rioja at its ageworthy best.”

96/100 Decanter UK

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75% Tempranillo, 15% Garnacho, 5% Graciano & 5% Mazuelo


96/100 Decanter UK, October 2017 (2005 Vintage)
"Traditional Rioja at its ageworthy best, the Tondonia red is a cuvée of Tempranillo with 15% Garnacho and 5% each of Graciano and Mazuelo. Leafy, gamey and sweet, with tangy acidity and a volatile lift."


94/100 Jame Suckling, July 2017 (2005 Vintage)
"Lovely depth of fruit to this mature red with chocolate, dark tea and bark. Purple flowers and violets. Full and very silky and refined. A beautiful traditional wine to get to know."


93/100 Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, August 2016 (2005 Vintage)
"The 2005 Viña Tondonia Reserva is a blend of 75% Tempranillo, 15% Garnacha, 5% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo from their vineyards in the meander of the Ebro River, where they have some 100 hectares of vineyards. The wine fermented in the original oak vats that are now some 140 years of age. There is no temperature control and malolactic was also in the vat. The wine was transferred to oak barrels where it slowly matured in their deep, humid caves for no less than six years. After this, it was bottled unfiltered after being fined with egg whites. I think the quality gap between the Reserva and Gran Reserva has been getting smaller since the 2001 vintage and this 2005 is nothing short of exceptional. It's clean and complex, with more freshness. The wine is very spicy and with a palate that feels very balanced, livelier than in the past. It has a long finish where the flavours are clean. Easy to drink and very pleasurable."


93/100 John Gilman, May 2018 ​(2005 Vintage)​
"The 2005 Viña Tondonia Reserva from López de Heredia is a beautiful example of classical Rioja, with the developing aromatic and flavor complexity of a thirteen year-old wine that is, in reality, just beginning its vinous journey. The bouquet is pure, old school and stellar, jumping from the glass in a mix of black cherries, raspberries, Rioja spices, a refined base of soil elements, incipient notes of cigar smoke, fresh nutmeg and a lovely bass-line of coconutty, old American oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and already nicely velvety on the attack, with a fine core, lovely soil signature, modest tannins and a long, tangy and still fairly primary finish. This is very easy to drink already, but will be so much better with another five to ten years’ worth of bottle age. A very fine example of why one does not have to focus exclusively on Gran Reservas to get the best of Rioja! 2018-2055+."


17.5/20 JancisRobinson.com (2005 Vintage)
"Deep fox red. Similar to the 2004 but perhaps more open, richer and more intense with also more marked freshness — less subtle but more forceful. Still all that lovely complexity and still many years to go because the tannins are even now pretty firm and chewy."

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