The Vina Tondonia Reserva is a Rioja that will take you back 100 years. This family owned house continues to make wines exactly the way the founder did and they have stood the test of time.
From a famed single vineyard, Tondonia exhibits more structure and mineral character than its richer, fruitier sibling Bosconia. We have been fans for several decades of the their wines, but it's been great to see their popularity surge over the last several years. They make ageless wines that are superb.
"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. Drink now." 95 points James Suckling
"The nose of the 2008 Vina 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." 95 points The Wine Advocate