When considering if this Viña Tondonia Gran Reserva is worth a buy, just ask yourself this question: Nowadays, how many wineries in the world have the patience, the means and the courage to release a wine 20 years after the harvest of the grapes?
The answer is: very few. Well, López de Heredia-Viña Tondonia is one of them.
As for the vintage, the Rioja Regulatory Board rated the 1995 vintage as "Excellent".
The vineyards are cultivated with minimal intervention techniques and wise-old traditional methods by the winery.
After a meticulous harvest, the grapes were carefully vinified and aged for 10 years in barrels, with two manual rackings performed per year. Viña Tondonia Gran Reserva 1995 was then clarified with egg whites and aged for few more years in its bottle before its commercial release onto the market.
The production of the 1995 vintage of this highly exclusive wine was limited to less than 25,000 bottles. This wine is now at a perfect time to be enjoyed; however, it will continue to age well in the bottle over a minimum of 10 years.
We suggest that you gently decant this wine at least 2 hours before drinking.
The previous vintage of this timeless Rioja got a score of Parker 96.
The red wine Viña Tondonia Gran Reserva has a brilliant, ruby red color with brick red edges and maroon glints.
Elegant and bold aromas that are very pleasant and surprisingly fresh. This Tondonia Gran Reserva by Bodegas López de Heredia exhibits some prominent notes of ripe fruit, a panoply of spicy aromas and toasted notes, and some enticing balsamic notions. There is also a sweet and persistent vanilla perfume.
Long and elegant, this Gran reserve red wine from Rioja also dry, pure and linear, not in the least sweet. Mature and alive, with a remarkable balance. Texture is phenomenal: suave, smooth. Fruit and toasted notes are very flavorful and appear intertwined with sweet spices, leather, tobacco and coffee. On the background, some remembrances of green tea leaves, earth and mineral. Well integrated tannins and a complex, neverending finish.
|Our personal opinion||
A timeless wine from Rioja, Viña Tondonia Gran Reserva 1995 is simply unforgettable.
Viña Tondonia Gran Reserva 1994:
Parker 96. Tanzer 94.
|Bottle size||75 cl|
|Should this wine be decanted?||Two hours before serving|
|Does this wine follow the guidelines of biodynamic Farming?||No|
|Is this product free of sulfites?||No|
|Type of ageing||Months in French oak barrels|
|Number of months aged in Barrels||120|
|Name of Award||No|
|Percentage of variety||Tempranillo 75%, Garnacha 15%, Mazuela y Graciano 10%.|
|Pairings||Grilled red meats, Grilled whitefish, Poultry, Roasted foods, Roasted lamb, Roasted lamb ribs|
|Taste||Very intense and inky|
|Occasion||A special occasion|