Community Tasting Notes (12) Avg Score: 93.4 points

  • Bit opaque with hints of orange brick on the rim. Rioja all the way. Still has notes if dill. Sweet cherry then some leather and hints of tobacco and cedar wood. Silky palate. Tangy cherry. Slight leather finishes dry with good acidity."

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  • Old musty cellar nose, full of sweet strawberry and tobacco and old oak, but somewhat one-dimensional for this wine in other vintages. Long and finely sweet, this is a great wine but not a great Tondonia.

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  • Mature Rioja tasting at The Sampler (The Sampler, South Kensington): Slightly dusty mature Rioja nose. Too warm. Lacks the usual orange peel and freshness. A touch of tomato too with a slightly vegetal edge. A little flat and flabby. If representative, not a great Tondo. Probably the best wine of the flight, but disappointing for what it is/could have been. *** 87

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    Els12golafres Wine Tasting Group: http://vinosclasicos.blogspot.com.es/2015/01/vina-tondonia-1980-gran-reserva.html
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    De color rubí marronoso de capa media, claro, abierto, con poca materia colorante pero muy luminoso. Reflejos anaranjados, vivos. Borde amplio, cobrizo, casi fusionado al menisco.

    Nariz delicada que va de menos a mucho más al respirar. Inicialmente predomina una brumosa nota reductiva a cuero viejo, pimienta negra, esparto, maderos envinados, que se disipa de forma paulatina ofreciendo un paisaje húmedo (monte umbrío, corteza de nogal) de gran belleza. Tondonia de corte clásico, del todo reconocible, lleno de matices de fruta pasa (ciruelas, higos) que va sumándose a notas abocadas, melaza, tabaco, cascarilla de naranja, granos de café, tostados cremosos...

    En boca parece delgado al tacto pero para nada!! Va ganando empaque: seco, concentrado, de fuerte acidez, con un tostado aún presente apoyado en puntas de vainilla, sabroso. Lo que sigue es de gran equilibrio. Amplio, vivo, con mucha energía. Una de esas cosechas que prácticamente no se comercializó en España y de las que únicamente hay unas pocas botellas disponibles. Y no por ello es un vino menor. Para nada!! Probado junto a un inmenso Imperial Gran Reserva de la misma cosecha ha sabido brillar al mismo nivel, cada cual con sus armas.

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    80% tempranillo, 10% garnacho, 5% graciano, 5% mazuelo - 12% vol.
    Permanece durante 6 meses en grandes depósitos de madera en los que acaba de realizar la fermentación maloláctica y se estabiliza antes de ser trasegado para su posterior crianza. Madura durante un total de 6 años en viejas barricas usadas de roble americano de 225 litros elaboradas por los toneleros de la misma bodega. El vino es sometido a 2 trasiegas manuales cada año. Clarificado con claras de huevo frescas. Embotellado directamente de la barrica, sin filtrar. En este momento a todas las botellas se les coloca una cápsula de laca en el cuello que es substituida por una nueva cápsula de plomo cuando se procede al etiquetado. Lacrado especial para favorecer su mejor evolución en botella y preservarlo de contaminaciones. Un mínimo de 44 meses de guarda en botellero en los calados de la bodega antes de ser comercializado.
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  • Clearly a wonderful wine (if you like this sort of thing) yet overshadowed by the 1976, so needing more time. Sounds strange to say that a 34 year old wine needs just a touch more time but there it is. Close to peaking but not quite. Either way, your going to have a great drinking experience.

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  • Bodegas Lopez de Heredia, Hosted by Maria-Jose Lopez de Heredia (Berry Bros & Rudd, London): WOTN even taking into account the majestic 1964. Similar to the 1981 with a lovely rich core of fruit yet this was supremely balanced and elegant. The 81 had the power while this one had the more complete elegant profile. Very much alive and with lots of life ahead. Well secondary of course with good earthy tones. Just a beautiful wine. 95

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  • The palate is just silky, amazing, beautiful. Rich, succulent, just opened and has lots of tannins still. Maybe needing some time.

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  • Well I thought this was just beautiful wine. Harmonious, smooth on the palate with age, and a lengthy finish. The palate has "burned off" the fig and walnut character that I get in many younger Heredias so that it now just a background note to the sweet / sour cherry note of Tempranillo. Certainly ready to drink but to my palate still incredibly youthful. Need more.

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  • Quite an amazing Rioja. Significant dried fruit and a hint of dill on the nose. Incredibly smooth on the palate, with dark cherry fruit, a note of vanilla and mild acidity. A great example of how quality Rioja can age with grace.

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  • This is a surprisingly beautiful wine. Wine of the night. Mistaken for an old Burgundy grand cru, and it was not even served blind!

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  • Deep crimson robe, fruity and inviting nose, a very well balanced palate with melted tannins offering a stroganoff backbone for the fruit to express itself very elegantly. Tasted alongside the 1981, an the 1985 and was clearly the best

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  • Dinner with Eric and Jonathan (富瑤酒家): gloriously exotic nose of sweet earth and wild strawberries. reminds me of an old hermitage or CDP but sweeter and lighter.

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