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2008 López de Heredia "Viña Tondonia" Reserva Rioja

SKU #1510668 95 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Lots of dried fruit with plum, light raisin, chocolate and toasted oak. Some balsamic undertones. White truffles and dried flowers. Medium body, creamy tannins and savory, balsamic undertones. Extreme and unique, as always. Inner quote mark (11/2020)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The nose of the 2008 Viña Tondonia Reserva is very elegant, fresh and with an herbal twist, starting to show the complexity of the aged wines that are sometimes still too young when they are released 10+ years from the vintage! The palate is medium-bodied, with lightness and depth, very classical with extra freshness and all that is needed for a long development in bottle. This is the more Tondonia of the two vintages I tasted side by side. There are notes of maple syrup, smoke, licorice and crisp fruit. The palate is more austere, crunchy and reveals the chalkiness of the soils. There's more definition and precision here. (LG) Inner quote mark (10/2020)

94 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Dark, bright-rimmed garnet. An expressive bouquet displays red and black currant, dried cherry, cigar box, vanilla, rose oil and cured tobacco scents plus a baking spice topnote. Appealingly sweet and energetic red and dark berry, floral pastille and chewing tobacco flavors show tight focus and spicy cut. Candied rose and vanilla notes linger on the long, lively finish, which is framed by smooth, well-judged tannins. (JR) Inner quote mark (4/2021)

93 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark The 2008 Viña Tondonia Reserva is an absolute classic in the making. At age 12 the wine is still a puppy, and though very, very easy to drink now, it has still not developed any of its secondary layers of complexity that will arrive with further bottle age. The supremely refined nose delivers scents of black cherries, black raspberries, cigar smoke, a lovely array of Rioja spice tones, a touch of meatiness, a complex base of soil and a lovely foundation of oak. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and sappy at the core, with lovely soil signature and grip, suave, fine-grained tannins and a long, complex and tangy finish. To my palate, this beautiful wine deserves at least another six to eight years in the cellar before drinking, as there is still a lot to unfold here with the fullness of time. But, it is so perfectly balanced today that I fully expect to see a significant percentage of the bottles not make it that long! 93+ Inner quote mark (11/2020)

K&L Notes

97 points, Tim Atkin MW: "Tondonia's reds have been on an upward curve recently and are now at the same level as the bodega's world-class whites. This is a fine, elegant, savoury, low-alcohol blend of Tempranillo with 20% Garnacha and 5% each of Mazuelo and Graciano, combining summer berry fruit, racy acidity, granular tannins and an earthy, balsamic undertone. Good now, but this will develop further in bottle."


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By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/2/2021 | Send Email
I did try, honestly, to put my love of all things Tondonia and Bosconia aside to review this wine. I even tried to be apathetic about it. Nah. That didn't work. After the lovely nose of rose petals and violets, it was too pretty to ignore. Add bright cherry, cranberry and light tobacco scents in, as well, and I'm captivated. How about the taste? Sour red fruits (sour in a GOOD way) with crunch (not Captain), orange peel, allspice and nutmeg. Smooth center palate and a long, crisp finish with bright minerals. Ick. Simply too much to bear. Now, I'm stuck. Why, oh why, did I spy those magnums sitting on a co-workers desk? There is now one on mine. At the expense of two bottes of Champagne being put back into stock. (P.S.-I tasted this after four hours of airing).

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