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Community Tasting Notes (36) Avg Score: 91.8 points

  • A bit darker in colour than the 1996 Reserva. Super nose - mineral, oily, lime curd, honey, nuts, oxidative notes. Unfortunately a little flat on the palate, nuts, ripe fruit, fresh, almost a bit bitter, good length. Based on this bottle I would drink up. 91-93

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  • Oxidized aromas with aged apple, toffee and mineral. Round on the palate with a funky and earthy note. Very unique but this I'm not a fan (or sure what to make) of this style.

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    Els12golafres Wine Tasting Group: http://vinosclasicos.blogspot.com.es/2013/06/vina-tondonia-1987-blanco-gran-reserva.html
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    De color dorado viejo, casi ambarino, brillante, luminoso. Reflejos dorados y anaranjados, con ligera sensación de grosor, lágrimas medias.

    Aromas de buena intensidad y mucha franqueza. Al abrir sobresale un fina reducción, muy elegante, con apuntes de fruta pasa (orejones, pera escarchada), mondadura de naranja, limón en salmuera, frutos secos, flores marchitas y un deje que recuerda a la salina, a la flor de sal, a punzantes, a marchitos... Necesita respirar para dar paso a aromas de mayor complejidad, aceras, ahumados, duelas, manteca de cacao, especias exóticas. Complejo y muy sólido.

    En boca es grueso, maduro, vivo y directo, desacomplejado. Hay una excelente acidez y un frontón de fruta en compota que nos devuelve el pelotazo; una zaguero incansable que desde el fondo nos martillea con esa fruta madura una y otra vez. Un ligero apunte tostado y licoroso acompaña a los cítricos dulces, la vainilla, la crema. Final larguísimo con un retronasal a ceras, meloso. Excelente blanco aún necesitado de botella e ir ganando en reducción. Se bebe con gran placer y no hay dudas que en unos años va a igualar a los mejores blancos de larga crianza de la bodega.

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    85% viura, 15% malvasía - 12% vol.
    Permanece durante 6 meses en depósitos de madera. Criado durante 9 años y medio 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 en 1997. Sin filtrar. Lacrado especial para favorecer su mejor evolución en botella y preservarlo de contaminaciones. Producción limitada a 14.000 botellas. Descansa un mínimo de 44 meses en botellero antes de ser comercializado.
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  • not bad at all, complex and changing, easy to drink but challenging at the same time

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  • Honey comb, green olive, white mushroom, golden apple, great acidity. Went well with olives and marinated bell pepper. Would be good with green olives and almonds

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  • By Josh Raynolds
    September/October 2010, IWC Issue #152, (See more on Vinous...)

    (R. Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Blanco Gran Reserva Rioja) Subscribe to see review text.
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    July/August 2009, IWC Issue #145, (See more on Vinous...)

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RJonWine.com

  • By Richard Jennings
    10/11/2011, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 93 points

    (R. López de Heredia Rioja Blanco Gran Reserva Viña Tondonia) Medium golden color with 1 millimeter clear meniscus; light curry, baked lemon, savory, dried hay nose; mature, savory, tart baked lemon, light curry, cumin palate with medium-plus acidity; long finish (90% Viura, 10% Malvasia)
  • By Richard Jennings
    10/13/2010, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 91 points

    (R. López de Heredia Rioja Blanco Gran Reserva Viña Tondonia) Oxidized, almond, nutty nose; oxidized, almond, citrus, nutty palate; medium-plus finish 91+ pts. (90% Viura,10% Malvasía)

Winedoctor

  • By Chris Kissack
    September 2010, (See more on Winedoctor...) 17.5+ points

    (López de Heredia Viña Tondonia Blanco Gran Reserva) The bottle itself is amazing; no-one could miss that the neck is sealed with a large dollop of wax over the cork rather than a modern capsule, but it is the ullage I found more remarkable, a bare millimetre of air sitting between the cork and wine. Once released into the glass the wine displays its fine golden hue, rich and appealing, but not so rich when we consider it already has 23 years behind it. The nose initially carries a blast of fennel, then following up with some dried fruits, candied and intense but not sweet. And thereafter fleeting moments of lanolin, oyster shell and roasted peach skin. The palate has a good substance, with a leaner midpalate than expected, although there follows a rising up of flesh and substance towards the end. There is a sour quality to the fruit, thankfully not over the top, in fact I find it rather appealing, and it is counterbalanced by very light notes of salty caramel. Overall a lovely sappy character and a good composition, the wine giving the pleasing sensation on the palate of gentle substance with a slightly detached feel, as if it is keen to maintain a distance from the senses that investigate it. Very good, and very long too. This has a long future ahead of it I think.

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