My God, what is the Vina Tondonia Tinto Reserva 2008 good for. An extraordinary wine with a unique charm. A wine like from another planet. Inexhaustibly elegant, very animating and fresh to drink. Disturbingly good and confidently different.
There must be wineries like Bodega R. Lopez de Heredia Viña Tondoniawho play in their own league. You have a unique selling proposition. Something with which they differ fundamentally from the flood of "little wines". The USP, as it is so beautifully called in modern German, this winery has a name: Classic. Regularly recurring fashion constraints categorically bypass some of these classics. At regular intervals they are “in” and then “out” again. What are fashions? And what does time mean? At the family winery run by Mercedes and Maria Jose, Bodega R. Lopez de Heredia Via Tondonna from Haro in Rioja, time does not matter. Or? But. A big part, too. Time seems to be standing still here. Wine is made here as it was over 150 years ago. We were there and could hardly believe our eyes. We had to forget everything we had learned about wine so far. Everything works differently here. A wine producing museum. Incredibly good wines that also polarize in terms of taste. We love her. Lopez de Heredia forever!
This Spanish Reserva from the Rioja is truly unique. Elegant and fine, it also goes well with white meat. Viña Tondonia Tinto Reserva 2008 is a Spanish red wine for lovers of fine wine. 95 Parker points from Luis Gutierrez for the Wine Advocate, who writes about red wine: “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. "
James Suckling also gives this wine 95/100 points.