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Community Tasting Notes (60) Avg Score: 91.2 points

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    Els12golafres Wine Tasting Group: http://vinosclasicos.blogspot.com.es/2013/06/vina-tondonia-1989-blanco-reserva.html
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    De color amarillo dorado, limpio, luminoso, reflejos anaranjados y cobrizos, con mucha sensación de grosor.

    Inicialmente de media intensidad con notas reductivas a frutos secos, mondaduras secas de naranja, ceras, duelas envinadas, incienso, ebanistería, matices de solera y un ligero apunte enranciado que hace pensar que ya ha entrado en una fase de declive. Para nada!!! El vino respira, se limpia y va mostrándose cada vez más íntegro, casi reluciente, con mucha capacidad de expresión. Aparecen abocados a membrillo escarchado, orejones, miel, manzana horneada, fruta de hueso (ciruelas claudia) y un fondo cremoso de vainillas.

    En boca es grueso, potente, concentrado y extraordinariamente sabroso. Hay notas amargosas a las que se suman unos taninos ligeramente amaderados que nos indican que todavía puede guardarse unos años mas en botella. Mucho potencial de crecimiento en pocos años. Está casi a punto para alcanzar su mejor momento. Tiene todo lo que deberíamos encontrar en un Tondonia blanco ya maduro: equilibrio, vigor, fruta pasa, tostados cremosos, y una persistencia final de gran vino. Se disfruta muchísimo y está a poca distancia de los gran reservas blancos de López de Heredia por un tercio de su precio.

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    90% viura, 10% malvasía - 12% vol.
    Fermenta en viejas tinas de roble de 60 hectolitros sin control de temperatura. Permanece durante 6 años en barricas de roble americano de 225 litros. Sometido a 2 trasiegas manuales cada año. Clarificado con claras de huevos frescos. Embotellado directamente de la barrica sin filtrar. Permanece durante un mínimo de 9 años en los calados de la bodega antes de ser comercializado. Producción limitada a 16.800 botellas.
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  • Light orange gold. Wool, wax, orange oil, and petrol nose. A bit of oxidation, but mostly pure clean vinosity, fresh but not fruity with some definite body. The long finish is pleasantly tart, while I enjoy this on its own, distinctly a food wine.

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  • Deepened color to a carmelized taupe. Sweet-ish nose of nuts, burnt sugar, citron, and some herbal notes. Somewhat oily mouthfeel. Definite oxidation, but not spoiled. Some peach, lemon, caramel and hazelnut. An interesting wine. Not much fruit.

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  • whether it was the youthfulness or whatever, this had more upfront fruit than the 87` and 91` and was overall more enjoyable although all 3 were delightful; the oxidative notes here had more hazelnut along with the honeyed stone fruit character.

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  • Salil summed this one up very well. Initial impression is clearly of oxidatiton and sherry like flavors, but with time and air it really opens and blossoms. Very interesting wine that had people clamoring for it by the end.

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  • By Josh Raynolds
    July/August 2007, IWC Issue #133, (See more on Vinous...)

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

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  • By Doug Krenik, MS, CWE
    May 2009, (See more on Sommelier Journal...)

    (Viña Tondonia Reserva Blanco) From R. López de Heredia—a producer often described as painfully traditional, but whose wines truly offer a highly individualistic glimpse into the past—this white Reserva generally sees at least four years in cask. The golden-colored 1989 is highly complex, offering pear, honey, and waxy notes and a nutty, oxidative edge, followed by weighty, fresh flavors with great minerality. Surprisingly youthful, this is well worth the search.
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