96 points Tim Atkin, MW: "(13.5%). This won’t be on the market for at least another year - they don't to rush things at López de Heredia - but make sure you buy some when it is. Made from Tempranillo with 10% each of Graciano, Garnacha and Mazuelo, all from the Paraje de Tondonia close to Haro, it's a timeless classic, sustained by acidity and showing remarkable focus and precision with chalky notes and scented red berry fruit. 2020-30."
95 points James Suckling: "This wine spends six years in barrique (tradtionally it needed six winters to stabilize naturally), before racking into large casks and then bottling three years before the expected release. Attractive, dark earth and dried sage with a strong aroma of attractive, rich dried cherries, as well as blackberries and hints of cedar, cigar tobacco and fresh leather. The palate has a smooth array of fine but quite powerful tannin that builds seamlessly into the long, rich, dark cherry-flavored finish. Great wine! Drink or hold. (7/26/19)"
94 points and 'Year's Best Rioja Wines,' Wine & Spirits: "[$50 list] Viña Tondonia is a collection of parcels centered on a rise above the Ebro River, where it forms a wide loop outside of Haro. The López de Heredia family farms these parcels as bush vines, blending their fruit into long-lived, vineyard-designated wines. This vintage, including 70 percent tempranillo and 20 percent garnacha with a little graciano and mazuelo, is a lovely, elegant Rioja in a classical mode. There is something magical about well-aged Rioja, and there is often something magical about Viña Tondonia, suggested by this wine’s gentle, lasting touch of bright, sunny cherry notes and deep earth tones, the flavors delicately saturated. Get some. (Dec 2019)"
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