2008 R. Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Reserva Rioja

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Suckling called this “extreme and unique,” which had us extremely intrigued. Tim Atkin called it a “fine, elegant, savory, low-alcohol blend,” noting that the reds at this bodega have finally caught up to their world-class whites. Loaded with summer berry fruit and racy acidity, plus and earthy, balsamic undertone, this has finally hit its ideal drinking window. It’s the red you didn’t even know you’ve been waiting for!

Red Blend
Total Varietal Composition %:
75% Tempranillo, 15% Garnacho, 10% Graciano and Manzuelo
SKU #:
750 ml Bottle

Tim Atkins

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.


James Suckling

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.