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 it has proven the test of time.
From a famed single vineyard, Tondonia exhibits more structure and mineral character than its richer, fruitier sibling Bosconia. Tondonia wines are more reminiscent of Bordeaux, while Bosconia is more Burgundian in style.
"The 2005 Vina Tondonia Reserva is a blend of 70% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacho, 5% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo from their vineyards in the meander of the Ebro River, where they have some 100 hectares of vineyards. The wine fermented in the original oak vats that are now some 140 years of age. There is no temperature control and malolactic was also in the vat. The wine was transferred to oak barrels where it slowly matured in their deep, humid caves for no less than six years. After this, it was bottled unfiltered after being fined with egg whites. I think the quality gap between the Reserva and Gran Reserva has been getting smaller since the 2001 vintage and this 2005 is nothing short of exceptional. It's clean and complex, with more freshness. The wine is very spicy and with a palate that feels very balanced, livelier than in the past. It has a long finish where the flavors are clean. Easy to drink and very pleasurable. Some 250,000 bottles were produced in 2005."
93 pts. Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate.