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Community Tasting Notes (87) Avg Score: 91.8 points

  • Massive, in both size and dimension. No development really since I last tried it six or seven years ago, if anything I think I may have caught it in a sleepy cycle, though it seemed to come back around toward the end of the night. One of the greats. Come back in 20 years.

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  • The color is clear copper golden and smells like orange peel, vanilla, honey, and nutty aromas. The tastes are vanilla, sour apple, sea salt, almonds, and sweet spices. This is a complex wine with a long, zippy finish.

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  • First of 6 bottles. No decant (should have tho) Honey and pear on the nose, nice fruit on the mouth. Took about 45 minutes to fully bloom. Served at about 55 degrees. Really delicious wine.

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  • Spanish WIMPS 'Casa de Pilatos' (La Trompette, London): Far muter and rounder on the nose initially cf the 96 reserva, then opening up to a honeyed oatmeal. Mellow and serious rather than showy. Mineral through the mid-palate and a slightly chalky grip on the finish. Understated class.

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    Els12golafres Wine Tasting Group: http://vinosclasicos.blogspot.com.es/2013/05/vina-tondonia-1981-blanco-gran-reserva.html
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    De color amarillo dorado-viejo, con mayor sensación de vejez que el resto de vinos de la misma gama (64, 68, 70, 73). Destellos brillantes, ambarinos. Límpido, formando gruesas lágrimas.

    Aromas de gran integridad, concentrado, frutoso y maduro. Abundan las notas de membrillo escarchado, corteza de limón, orejones, melón galia, miel de naranjo, con un fondo a sal marina (que no llega a ser yodado pero lo recuerda) y un deje casi vegetal perfumado a laurel y hoja de olivo, muy fino pero que va ganando en intensidad al ir respirando el vino. Van y vienen unas notas medicinales a hierbas aromáticas, té verde, tallo de manzanilla, almendras amargas y un elegantísimo acento de anises estrellados, infusión, clavo... Un blanco ordenado y elegante, dotado de una profusión de detalles de calidad poco habitual, con sensaciones de plena madurez.

    En boca nos damos cuenta que estamos ante un vino necesitado de muchos años de guarda, todavía crudo y por hacerse. El blanco con el presente más complicado pero con más futuro de la casa. Hay de todo y en cantidad pero sin acabar de integrarse y con falta de orden. Potente acidez, toneladas de fruta madura, cítricos deslumbrantes, amielados, tostados, finos amargosos, una nota balsámica que lo envuelve todo y una despiedada sequedad que nos da cuenta de estar ante un tipo duro de verdad. Con 20 o 30 años más será un vino legendario. No queda otra que esperar!!!

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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 2 trasiegas manuales cada año. Clarificado con claras de huevo frescas. Embotellado directamente de la barrica en 1988. Sin filtrar. Lacrado especial para favorecer su mejor evolución en botella y preservarlo de contaminaciones. Producción limitada a 20.000 botellas. Descansa un mínimo de 44 meses en botellero antes de ser comercializado.
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Vinous

  • 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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Vinous

  • By Antonio Galloni
    The Wines of López de Heredia: 1954–1998 (Oct 2006), (See more on Vinous...)

    (Lopez De Heredia Vina Tondonia Blanco Gran Reserva) Subscribe to see review text.
  • By Josh Raynolds
    September/October 2006, IWC Issue #128, (See more on Vinous...)

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RJonWine.com

  • By Richard Jennings
    10/11/2011, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 92 points

    (R. López de Heredia Rioja Blanco Gran Reserva Viña Tondonia) Medium gold color with 2 millimeter clear meniscus; savory, lemon tajine, cumin nose; tasty, mature, lightly oily textured, resolved, tart lemon, baked lemon, cumin, mineral palate with medium acidity; long finish 92+ points (85% Viura, 15% Malvasia)

Wine Library TV

  • By Gary Vaynerchuk
    Rioja Wine. Everyone is asking so here you go, Episode #239, 5/21/2007, (See more on Wine Library TV...) 90 points

    (LOPEZ DE HEREDIA TONDONIA BLANCO RIOJA GRAN RESERVA) #4 COLOR-medium amber, viscous; NOSE-intriguing--petrol, burnt rubber, little hints of fresh peaches, green peas, vegetable oil (99% would not like); TASTE-intriguing sour lemon, great acidity, nice structure, has a sherry-esque flavor profile, Older white wine, nice nutmeg & walnuts, very different, I like, but many would think it was spoiled, likely past it's prime, should be drank/drunk? in next 2 years; AG-93; GV-90

Rockss and Fruit

  • By Lyle Fass
    1/20/2005, (See more on Rockss and Fruit...)

    (Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Gran Reserva Blanco) Yellow flowers, petrol, caramel, beeswax, mineral, and a slight sweet brown sugar component. Very interesting nose and became increasingly more complex with air even taking on a floral bouquet complexity. Subtle and elegant with an incredible freshness and length. Great complexity and fruit. Incredible acidity and laser like focus. This is a baby on the palate yet pretty well developed on the nose. Excellent wine. Unique.
  • By Lyle Fass
    1/20/2005, (See more on Rockss and Fruit...)

    (Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Gran Reserva Blanco) The best white from Spain by far. Yellow flowers, petrol, caramel, beeswax, mineral, and a slight sweet brown sugar component. Very interesting nose and became increasingly more complex with air even taking on a floral bouquet complexity. Subtle and elegant with an incredible freshness and length. Great complexity and fruit. Incredible acidity and laser like focus. This is a baby on the palate yet pretty well developed on the nose. Excellent wine. Unique.

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