Description: Founded in 1877, the estate is located in the northern part of Rioja known as Rioja Alta, in the town of Haro. Don Rafael López de Heredia acquired the Tondonia vineyard from a group of clergy in 1913. Situated on the right bank of the river Ebro, it stretches over 247 acres; the soil is alluvial clay with a high proportion of limestone. You will find the best growers in Rioja Alta, and Lopez de Heredia is one of them. Using traditional wine-making techniques and ageing the wine much longer than the minimal ageing requirements makes this a very interesting and complex wine.
"The 2011 Viña Tondonia Reserva is darker and shows riper fruit, a rounder palate and some dusty tannins. A year of ripeness, concentration and tannin, the wine is powerful with the finesse of Tondonia. Tasting this next to the textbook 2010 Tondonia revealed how this has more muscle and a wider back and the 2010 epitomizes the finesse and elegance." - Wine Advocate.