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Viña Tondonia Blanco Reserva 2008

Viña Tondonia Blanco Reserva

2008
Rioja (Spain)

Tondonia whites are much more than classics. They are icons of tradition, examples of honesty and wi...

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Details for Viña Tondonia Blanco Reserva 2008

Type

Wine White Barrel Aged

Wine region

Rioja (Spain)

Grapes

Producer

Alcohol content

12.5%

Bottle size and vintage

0.75 L - 2008

Review

Tondonia whites are much more than classics. They are icons of tradition, examples of honesty and wines which exude knowledge, craftsmanship and authenticity. They are wines with principles and wines without an end; their extraordinary acidity makes them virtually eternal. They are extremely pleasant, elegant and profound, and wines you could never tire of drinking.

If the Gran Reserva is perhaps out of many people's reach, the Blanco Reserva is a wine that you should try at least once in your life, and one to always have in the cellar if possible; it is a particularly 'gastronomic' wine, relating well to food, perfect for fish and fried or grilled shellfish, cheeses such as Brie, Parmesan and Manchego, risottos, seafood rice dishes, fish stews, lobster, pasta dishes with truffles, mushrooms, asparagus, potatoes with cod or monkfish, scrambled eggs with wild mushrooms or fresh garlic, white tuna with tomato or onion... This is a white but at heart a red, much more vinous than fruit-driven, ideal for serving with food.

The honesty of a Tondonia white becomes clear starting with the bottle: transparent. The cork is superb; this wine can be kept for years and years, with no expiry date. In the glass, a vivid bright gold, eternally young. On the nose... give it some time; after maturing for six years in barrel and resting for a long time in bottle, it needs to breathe; if you can, decant it. Describing it is difficult because its aromatic palette is very well integrated. We can discover aromas of very ripe yellow fruits, moist notes of fallen leaves but also of sea air, saline and iodine notes, hints of fine wood... of pencil shavings, suggestions of fennel and aniseed, white almonds, very subtle notes too of fruit peel, like orange, loquats and dried apricots, and dry earth... but in essence, Tondonia Blanco has a mystical touch, an aromatic profile that we associate with the smell emanating from old tomes and rooms perfumed with incense. The Blanco Reserva is a journey in time, a resurgence of fond memories.

It is firm and dry on the palate; harmonious, balanced and elegant. Its entry is smooth but weighty, and it is oily, although without the Gran Reserva’s viscosity. This is definitely a fine white wine, bearing the Tondonia signature.

Fish stew / Mushroom pasta / Rice with fish / Soft cheeses / Gilthead bream cooked in salt / Asparagus / Wild mushrooms / Pasta truffles and parmesan / Potatoes with cod / Grilled shellfish / White tuna with tomato

  • Vine age:100 years
  • Soil:Limestone / Alluvial
  • Climate:Atlantic
  • Ageing period:72 months
  • Barrel age:Used
  • Type of wood:American oak
  • Clarification and filtration:Unfiltered
  • ViewPale amber
  • Bouquet:Flowers / Complex / Fine / Evolving / Crystallised fruit / Candied orange
  • Mouth:Smooth / Persistent / Firm
  • Optimum serving temperature:Between 14ºC and 16ºC

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by: Riccardo (09/05/2019) - Vintage 2005

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Amo i vini rossi, ma questo BLANCO è veramente affascinante Morbido,leggermente "grasso, complesso, con un naso in continua evoluzione e in bocca è appagantee lungo. Il miglior vino una grande cantina.

by: Martin Haußmann (05/03/2019) - Vintage 2005

Ein Buquet fgür alle Sinne

Dieser Wein ist eine Symphonie an Aromen und Nachhall. Von der Nase aus dem Glas bis zu seinem lang anhaltenden Geschmack am Gaumen. Es ist zweifellos einer der besten Weine, die ich trinken durfte. Kaufen, hinlegen und später noch viel Spaß haben.

by: Rocco (26/02/2019) - Vintage 2005

Eine Sensation

Kaum zu beschreiben, dieser ausgereifte, charaktervolle, unvergleichbare Weisswein. Jedes Mal ein Wonne, von diesem leider allzu raren Tropfen ein Glas zu bekommen.

by: Christian von Dresky (09/06/2018) - Vintage 2005

Perfekt, wie immer...

Tondonia blanco enttäuscht nie! Ausdrucksstark, komplex u alterrungsfähig. Ein Hauch Sherry, Nüsse, weiße Blüten u immer mit einer schönen Frische.

by: Bobbylion (06/10/2017) - Vintage 2004

Special white

Aged Bordeaux style. Extremely good if you like this style. Will last forever and get more honeyed. QPR IS UNBEATABLE.

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