Red

1985 R. López de Heredia Rioja Gran Reserva Viña Tondonia

Tempranillo Blend

  • Spain
  • La Rioja
  • La Rioja Alta
  • Rioja
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Community Tasting Notes 106

  • GonzaloManzaneda Likes this wine: 91 points

    August 24, 2018 - Rioja en estado puro, gracias López de Heredia por estos momentos de disfrute.
    Botella en malas condiciones de guarda, la otra exactamente igual que compré del mismo vendedor se fue entera por el fregadero.
    No tenía grandes esperanzas con esta tampoco, para qué mentir. De las 6 botellas del lote compradas 2 de las 2 botellas abiertas habían salido malas.

    Corcho relatici fácil de sacar con el abridor de aire, totalmente empapado y muy tierno.

    Recién llegado a la copa presentaba las típicas notas de humedas, sangre, alcohólico, no muy agradables. Con un poco de aire se han empezado a disipar y ha empezado lo bueno.

    Típicas notas de madera noble características de LdH, especies, y ese deje dulzón de los grandes reservas de Rioja; los grandes de verdad.

    En boca está vivo y coleando, a este le quedan 10 años buenos en botella sin problema.

    Retronasal muy especiada y envolvente, no especialmente largo ni ancho, me atrevo a decir que bastante mejor en nariz que en boca.

    Lo disfrutaré durante todo el fin de semana. Abierto para "celebrar la vuelta a la rutina".

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  • andtheodor wrote: 92 points

    November 1, 2017 - Not on par with the '81 but not too shabby either. A bit of the funky volatility and weird old oak that plagues these wines, but a really pretty side too. Had moments where it really soared alongside a pork tenderloin in mustard/brandy/maple sauce.

  • bbell73271 wrote:

    October 31, 2017 - This bottle is a little restrained and subdued- either over the hill or perhaps in a closed phase- but certainly not what aged Tondonia is capable of, and I've had bottles much older that have been more impressive.

  • blanquito wrote: 92 points

    October 5, 2017 - A beautiful, serene, mature tinto with nary a hair out of place. Terrific aromatics with red cherries, oak and mulch. Shows the American oak, but it's a nice nuance. The palate is a touch lean at first, but it comes to life with food. Great acids, nice cherry fruit. Integrated, smooth and seamless. 92-93 pts.

  • salil wrote: flawed

    September 15, 2017 - Corked.

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  • By John Gilman
    Jan/Feb 2009, Issue #19, López de Heredia: Rioja’s Great Bastion of Tradition

    (Viña Tondonia Rioja Gran Reserva- López de Heredia) Subscribe to see review text.

  • By John Gilman
    Sep/Oct 2006, Issue #5, Paradise Lost: Traditional Rioja in the Plague Years

    (Lopez de Heredia Rioja Gran Reserva “ViñaTondonia”) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    July/August 2003, IWC Issue #109 (link)

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

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    November/December 1999, IWC Issue #87 (link)

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  • By Richard Jennings
    6/27/2007 (link) 93 points

    (R. López de Heredia Rioja Gran Reserva Viña Tondonia) Medium dark red color with clear edges; funky, barnyard nose; very tasty, mature, complex palate of tart cherry, Balsamic, horseradish; medium-plus pepper finish 93+ pts.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1985
  • Type Red
  • Producer R. López de Heredia
  • Varietal Tempranillo Blend
  • Designation Gran Reserva
  • Vineyard Viña Tondonia
  • Country Spain
  • Region La Rioja
  • SubRegion La Rioja Alta
  • Appellation Rioja

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 12 (2%)
  • In Cellars 328 (53%)
  • Consumed 277 (45%)

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