Bodegas Lopez de Heredia make some of the most wonderful and unique styles of wine in the world. Tondonia itself is the bodega’s largest and most famous vineyard, as well as being one of the most spectacular locations in the Rioja region, in a shell on alluvial slopes overlooking the River Ebro.
2004 was an excellent vintage at Tondonia and this is evident when tasting this superb wine. Classic Tondonia Tinto Reserva notes of leather, cured meat and spice mingle with warm, macerated red fruits on the nose. The palate is mid-weight but the true beauty of this 2004 lies in the luxurious mouthfeel and intense core of flavour in the wine. Tondonia’s extended ageing process results in a wine that is not about fruit but has so much complexity, so much character that it is impossible to put down. 2004 has brought additional concentration and personality to the wine, which is still unbelievably fresh. This freshness, combined with the mouthcoating flavours, suggest that, although a joy to drink now, this is a wine that will hold for at least a decade more. It is, put simply, glorious, traditional, elegant Rioja.