Appearance: Bright and clear, it has medium ruby color, with amber rims and legs. Nose: Clean, with medium (+) intensity aromas of black fruit of plum and blackberry, dried fruit of prune, red fruit of cherries, oak notes of sandalwood, pungent spice of licorice, maturity notes of leather, kernel note of coffee. The wine is developing. Palate: Dry with medium (+) acidity, it has medium tannin of ripe and integrated texture, with medium alcohol and medium (-) body, with medium intensity flavors of black fruit such as plum, dark cherries and blackberry, dried fruit of prune, pungent spice of licorice, oak notes of cedar. The wine has a medium finish. Conclusion: Good quality Rioja which on the nose reminded me of a ruby port, with good intensity and fair degree of complexity, the wine has lively acidity with a decent concentration on the palate, ending with a reasonable length. Not very impressive but a decent wine nevertheless, it is ready to drink now and not intend for further ageing.
Really, we should drink more of this. I think it loses cachet because it's so available, which is a shame. Everything you want in an old school style Rioja, brilliant with rib eyes after a 3 hour decant, still young. Not sure this vintage is the one you want to keep for another 20 years, but there's no rush now as it's still showing relatively young (for a Tondonia).
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(Viña Tondonia Red Reserva) COLOR-dark; NOSE-has a great gaminess; very earthy; this smells like food to me and makes me hungry; PALATE-great coffee and bitter dark chocolate flavors which I love; a mature wine with very different nuances; very complex; this may not be for everyone as it is not big, fruit forward wine; GV-No Score
(López de Heredia Viña Tondonia Rioja Reserva) The colour here is fascinating; in terms of pigment a dark red-black, but not that intense, shimmering and transparent. The nose has a very savoury and an earthy-spicy, wet-leafy undergrowth character, with a layer of tightly framed dark fruits behind. A gentle well-toned substance on entry, linear and fresh, nicely placed within a frame of acidity which gives a very crisp backbone to the wine through the middle and finish. There is a gentle youth to the warm cherry fruit, but nothing of the awkwardness of grander gran reservas at this stage. And there is evolving maturity too, tinges of zesty citrus alongside the supple fruit. And a good seam of tannins behind which come through to the finish. Great savoury, slightly juicy, mouth-watering finish. Very good Rioja with a fresh, elegant style.