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Community Tasting Notes (37) Avg Score: 92.3 points

  • Wood sap, some sweet spice, and dry earth on the nose. Palate on this bottle had red cherry, light earth, and some leathery undertones. However, astringent backpalate as the fruit did not hold up well. Paired with sauteed skate. Not my best bottle, not my worst, but rather somewhere middle of the road. Poured and consumed within one hour.

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  • SAG (Blind) Tasting (Chez Weber - Chicago IL): Tasted double blind in what turned out to be a "1970" flight. This was one of the most surprising wines of the night. Almost all of this thought it from Burgundy! Mature red cherries on nose and palate with great balance and woodsy spice. Long and well textured. I've had this wine 3 or 4 times over the past few years and there had been considerable bottle variation with tonight's certainly the best bottle.

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    Els12golafres Wine Tasting Group: http://vinosclasicos.blogspot.com.es/2014/08/vina-tondonia-1970-gran-reserva.html
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    Botella sin reencorchar desde el embotellado, cerrada con el lacrado original. Retirar el corcho ha requerido de muchas manos, de más opiniones y teorías, y de un pulso de cirujano al manejar el abridor de láminas. El corcho estaba formado por una materia semisólida enganchada al cuello de la botella. Inesperadamente ha saludo de una sola pieza. De color rubí de medio cuerpo, opaco, sin mucho brillo y cierta sensación de turbidez a pesar de no tener precipitados en la base de la botella.

    Aromas de media intensidad, sin grandes artificios iniciales, y muy marcado por reductivos. Predominan los cueros y las maderas viejas, envinadas, que aportan una nota de ebanistería y lacas. Necesita aire para abrirse. Tostado, de perfil muy clásico y con el sello de la bodega: guindas en licor, marchitos, cremosos.

    En boca domina su fuerte acidez y la sensación picante que apuntala todo tipo de especias ahumadas y un fondo ligerísimamente vegetal de mucha clase. Sabroso, ligero, redondo, elegante y potente en su estilo. Más definido y preciso al paso de las horas. Un Tondonia sin tanta carga de madera como en otras cosechas de ese mismo periodo. Grande, muy grande!!!

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    75% tempranillo, 15% 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. Criado durante 10 años en viejas barricas 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. Descansa un mínimo de 44 meses en botellero antes de ser comercializado.
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  • Some wines from a trip; 6/19/2014-7/2/2014: High soulder.
    A disappointing showing, tired bottle. Drinkable but may be showed only 10% of what is is capable of when good. There are no good wines but only good bottles - true in this case.

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  • A disappointing bottle. I won't devote much time here as I believe the bottle was slightly flawed. This was very tart and wasn't showing any of the complex components typical of Tondonia GR. Very linear and acidic. I've had other bottles of the vintage that would indicate that it should drink well until 2030.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    4/1/2009, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 93 points

    (R. López de Heredia Rioja Gran Reserva Viña Tondonia) Light medium brownish red with ruby lights and pale meniscus; VA, mature, mushroom, truffle and light cigar box nose; tasty, cigar box, smoke, mautre tart orange flavor and acidity, resin, tart hazelnut cream palate; long finish (has years to go)

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