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Community Tasting Notes (92) Avg Score: 89.6 points

  • 2016 Berserkerfest (Chez Jay Hack): Difficult tasting conditions but this underwhelmed. Initially this magnum seemed subdued and later the oak protruded. Likely just too early.

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  • 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.

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  • On the nose, spice and sandalwood. On the palette medium body with medium acidity, black cherry, tar, earth, very dry and bitter tannic finish.

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  • 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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  • Needed some air time. Very nice. Needs food. Not my favorite LdH but I enjoyed it. Young.

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  • By Josh Raynolds
    July/August 2009, IWC Issue #145, (See more on Vinous...)

    (R. Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Reserva Rioja) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Chris Kissack
    November 2010, (See more on Winedoctor...) 16.5 points

    (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.

  • By Richard Jennings
    10/13/2010, (See more on 92 points

    (R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia) Rich red fruit, dried berry nose; rich red fruit, dried berry palate with depth; medium-plus finish

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