R. López de Heredia

Viña Tondonia Rioja Rosé Blend

9.468 ratings
9.318 pro ratings
La Rioja Alta, La Rioja, Spain
Garnacha, Tempranillo, Viura
Lamb, Tomato-Based, Polenta, Hard Cheese, Pork, Beef, Pasta, Mushrooms, Soft Cheese, Chicken, Venison, Exotic Spices, Potato, Turkey, Beans & Peas, Herbs, Baking Spices, Pungent Cheese, Duck, Salami & Prosciutto, White Rice, Chili & Hot Spicy, Lasagna, Pizza, Barbecue, Mexican Cuisine, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Paella
Top Notes For
Jeremy Shanker

Sommelier at RN74

9.5

Never gets old. A favorite of mine.

Never gets old. A favorite of mine.

Aug 10th, 2022
Austin Hohnke

What a wild wine. Wet dog on the nose that blew off pretty quick. Certainly oxidative. Mostly Garnacha with Tempranillo and Mazuelo. Red fruit accompanied with high acid. One of a kind.

What a wild wine. Wet dog on the nose that blew off pretty quick. Certainly oxidative. Mostly Garnacha with Tempranillo and Mazuelo. Red fruit accompanied with high acid. One of a kind.

Jul 22nd, 2019
Peter Sultan

One of my favorite wines, period. Gap in production & hard to get in (at least my NY area) States makes it even more special. Starting with a gorgeous deep tangerine color, it’s amazing how fresh both on nose & on the palate—belying its 11 yr age but no surprise given Lopez de Heredia. It just invites & invites into a world of a sun drenched herb garden, planted w zucchini & tomatoes. Medium viscosity & absolutely the most food adaptable wine. Nothing oxidized or tired here. Had with a saffron based fisherman’s stew. What Orange wines should aspire to!

One of my favorite wines, period. Gap in production & hard to get in (at least my NY area) States makes it even more special. Starting with a gorgeous deep tangerine color, it’s amazing how fresh both on nose & on the palate—belying its 11 yr age but no surprise given Lopez de Heredia. It just invites & invites into a world of a sun drenched herb garden, planted w zucchini & tomatoes. Medium viscosity & absolutely the most food adaptable wine. Nothing oxidized or tired here. Had with a saffron based fisherman’s stew. What Orange wines should aspire to!

Mar 12th, 2019
Mason Balistreri

Sommelier, International Wine Guild; Balistreri Vineyard; Sales, Joy Wine and Spirits

9.3

I heard this wine is rare or something!? Delicious! Very vinous and structured with an incrediblely persistent finish. Really no oxidative notes whatsoever which I wasn't expecting because that flavor does typically show up on their aged white wines. 🇪🇸

I heard this wine is rare or something!? Delicious! Very vinous and structured with an incrediblely persistent finish. Really no oxidative notes whatsoever which I wasn't expecting because that flavor does typically show up on their aged white wines. 🇪🇸

Dec 25th, 2018
Dr. Owen Bargreen

R. Lopez de Heredia has not made one of these special wines since the 2000 vintage. The 2008 Vina Tondonia ‘Gran Reserva’ Rosado is a magical bottling now and shows considerably better at a warmer temperature. The Rosado displays an intoxicating bouquet of of rose petals with orange zest and red cherry candy that immediately entices. The mouthfeel is rich and downright voluptuous, considering this is a Rosé. It continues to deliver red cherry, watermelon and orange rind flavors connect with a lively minerality. This beautiful Rose has some massive cellaring potential but is extremely hard to resist in its youth. Drink 2019-2029- 92

R. Lopez de Heredia has not made one of these special wines since the 2000 vintage. The 2008 Vina Tondonia ‘Gran Reserva’ Rosado is a magical bottling now and shows considerably better at a warmer temperature. The Rosado displays an intoxicating bouquet of of rose petals with orange zest and red cherry candy that immediately entices. The mouthfeel is rich and downright voluptuous, considering this is a Rosé. It continues to deliver red cherry, watermelon and orange rind flavors connect with a lively minerality. This beautiful Rose has some massive cellaring potential but is extremely hard to resist in its youth. Drink 2019-2029- 92

1 person found it helpfulJul 27th, 2019
Tom Kobylarz

The mythical unicorn #rosewine from @lopezdeherediaoficial: Vina Tondonia Gran Reserva Rosado 2008.

A friendly wine retailer I am close with sold me a few bottles at regular price thankfully as I gave him the heads up it was coming.  (He also sold his others at regular price!) This wine used to be easily available during its last release, the 2000 vintage back around 2005, not to mention super reasonable in price.  An unfortunate victim of fashion, the secondary market pricing on this starts around $200 and goes up to $300.

Pale copper and deep pink in color, the hue here is as it looks here turning more orange at the rim.  The nose showed as it should for an extended barrel aged wine, showing clear notes the toll oxidation has taken with time in wood.  Though, the wood aromas are well-integrated and intermingle well with dried red fruits, ginger and spice, and a clear sense of minerality which is all laid well into the thick and pungent nose.  The palate shows more precision and tension in the densely textured and flavored med/med+ body of the wine.  Finishes long and fans out wide over the palate.  For sure about as unique a rose as there is out there.  

The mythical unicorn #rosewine from @lopezdeherediaoficial: Vina Tondonia Gran Reserva Rosado 2008.

A friendly wine retailer I am close with sold me a few bottles at regular price thankfully as I gave him the heads up it was coming.  (He also sold his others at regular price!) This wine used to be easily available during its last release, the 2000 vintage back around 2005, not to mention super reasonable in price.  An unfortunate victim of fashion, the secondary market pricing on this starts around $200 and goes up to $300.

Pale copper and deep pink in color, the hue here is as it looks here turning more orange at the rim.  The nose showed as it should for an extended barrel aged wine, showing clear notes the toll oxidation has taken with time in wood.  Though, the wood aromas are well-integrated and intermingle well with dried red fruits, ginger and spice, and a clear sense of minerality which is all laid well into the thick and pungent nose.  The palate shows more precision and tension in the densely textured and flavored med/med+ body of the wine.  Finishes long and fans out wide over the palate.  For sure about as unique a rose as there is out there.  

1 person found it helpfulApr 11th, 2019
Jeremy Shanker

Sommelier at RN74

9.6

Greatest rose on the planet!

Greatest rose on the planet!

1 person found it helpfulJan 20th, 2019
Ryan Mullins

LPdH for president!!!!

LPdH for president!!!!

1 person found it helpfulDec 1st, 2018
Jordan Wardlaw

Powerhouse of resinous, herbal and spice aromas. Dried flower, potpourri, figs, orange peel, spiced herbal tea with essential oils and tar in the background. Heredia and Musar are definitely the leading purveyors of this style, though this is Heredia’s first rosado in several years and very highly anticipated. It does not disappoint.

Powerhouse of resinous, herbal and spice aromas. Dried flower, potpourri, figs, orange peel, spiced herbal tea with essential oils and tar in the background. Heredia and Musar are definitely the leading purveyors of this style, though this is Heredia’s first rosado in several years and very highly anticipated. It does not disappoint.

1 person found it helpfulJul 28th, 2018
Garrick Mallery

Unicorn wine... didn’t know what to expect... this stuff is off the charts good... no description I give will do it justice... if you have a chance, buy it... buy all of it... it is amazing

Unicorn wine... didn’t know what to expect... this stuff is off the charts good... no description I give will do it justice... if you have a chance, buy it... buy all of it... it is amazing

1 person found it helpfulApr 12th, 2018