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Community Tasting Notes (14) Avg Score: 93.1 points

  • Deep gold in colour. Expressive, wonderful nose, spices, caramel, honey, flowers. Again some bitterness and dryness on the palate with less depth and length than the 1987 Gran Reserva in comparison. 89-91

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  • What a suprise after my last bottle. Deep, full-bodied, focused and fresh with big rich fruit, great balance and complexity and a long finish.

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  • Lopez de Heredia Tasting - 4 decades (Sunfish Cellars, St. Paul, MN): Severe oxidation, sharp, nutty, phenolic, earthy. Palate is consistent. Didn't work for me, didn't hear anyone that thought this decent.

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    De color oro viejo, bastante evolucionado en comparación con las cosechas análogas (1973, 1981). Reflejos ambarinos y cobrizos, brillante, con mucha sensación de grosor. Lágrimas enormes, permanentes.

    Finos aromas reductivos de buena intensidad con un pátina clásica de maderas envinadas, matices de solera, frutos secos, almendras amargas, cáscaras, nueces. Le hemos dados unas horas de espera en botella. Gana en madurez y en fruta escarchada, bollería, orejones, mermelada de naranja, flor de acacia y un fondo a ceras, panal, sacristía, incienso copto. Sensación de cierto inicio de decrepitud, sobremaduración, aunque sin defectos reseñables.

    En boca chispea por su intensísima acidez y unos amargosos muy marcados. Maduro, grueso, reconocible pero el conjunto está ligeramente deslavazado. Mucha energía y poca integración. Quizás sea culpa de la botella pero nos ha parecido una añada menor. Este vino no lo habíamos probado nunca y nos ha parecido más cercano a los actuales blancos reserva que a los GR. Parece haber evolucionado más rápido que el resto de vinos de la casa. Se disfruta pero no le vemos muchas posibilidades de guarda.

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    85% viura, 15% malvasía - 12% vol.
    Permanece durante 6 meses en depósitos de madera. Criado durante 6 años en viejas barricas de roble americano de 225 litros elaboradas por los toneleros de la misma bodega. El vino es sometido a 12 trasiegas manuales. Clarificado con claras de huevo frescas. Embotellado directamente de la barrica a mediados de 1983. Sin filtrar. Lacrado especial para favorecer su mejor evolución en botella y preservarlo de contaminaciones. Descansa un mínimo de 44 meses en botellero antes de ser comercializado.
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  • Drank it in 2002. The white tondonia is made in classical methods, with homemade barrels and clarified by egg whites. It is aged 7-8 years in barrels.

    A beautiful golden colour, and a divine nose of oaky vanilla, almond, heather honey, and a little peach. Surprising intensity and complexity in the mouth, sort of like a dry oaky red combined with a sauternes without the sugar.

    It has some acidity and tannin, and a lot of oak. Impressions of almond, tobacco, heather honey, peach and litchi (lychee). It feels good in the mouth and leaves a lasting refreshing finish. The perfect white wine for people who prefer to drink redwine!

    For a grandiose wine of this quality and age it is dirt cheap, too.

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

    (R. López de Heredia Rioja Blanco Gran Reserva Viña Tondonia) Bright medium golden yellow color; VA, sherry, hazelnut, almond and nut cream nose; oily textured, refined, almond, tart citrus, peach skin and mineral palate; long finish 93+ pts.

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  • By Lyle Fass
    12/16/2005, (See more on Rockss and Fruit...)

    (Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Blanco Gran Reserva) Gorgeous nose of toasted almonds, wax, indian spices and yellow fruits. Lush and full in the mouth with well intertwined acidity and beautifully concentrated fruit. Wonderful purity, vigor and freshness.

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