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

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

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  • By Richard Jennings
    6/28/2012, (See more on 93 points

    (R. López de Heredia Rioja Gran Reserva Viña Tondonia) Bricked medium cherry red color with pale meniscus; redolent, tobacco, cigar box nose; tasty, mature, tobacco, cigar box, dried currant, dill, iodine palate; medium-plus finish 93+ points


  • By Chris Kissack
    July 2011, (See more on Winedoctor...) 18.5 points

    (López de Heredia Rioja Gran Reserva Viña Tondonia) A very long and well-stained cork removed without any notable trouble, and from beneath a wine showing fading tones, with certain maturity. From the outset this gives an evocative set of rich, gamey aromas, and although they firmed up with a little time in the decanter this was really good to go from the moment the cork was pulled. There is the sweetness of baked plum and orange peel, with high-toned edges to it, and the evolved aromas of game, leather and liquorice also quite prominent with time. Complexity is the word, I believe! A very cool, reserved, linear start to the palate, softening in texture a little through the midpalate but never completely relaxing, as there is a very firm acidity here that cuts right through everything it has on the palate. Wonderfully taut in its composition, and yet finely flattering too, with a lightly chalky background. Rich, gamey, a touch of dried fruit, but overall substantial, fresh and very impressive. Incredibly long too. Superb.

  • By Richard Jennings
    5/2/2011, (See more on 93 points

    (R. López de Heredia Rioja Gran Reserva Viña Tondonia) Bricked light medium red color with pale meniscus; lovely, mature, smoke, mushroom nose; tasty, mature, mushroom, smoke, tart currant, tart red fruit palate; medium-plus finish 93+ points
  • By Richard Jennings
    10/13/2010, (See more on 92 points

    (R. López de Heredia Rioja Gran Reserva Viña Tondonia) Dried berry, sandalwood nose; dried berry, sandalwood, pomegranate palate; medium-plus finish

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