R. López de Heredia Viña Tondonia Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2006

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Connor Smith Delectable Pro

With the Wine Blight laying waste to her vineyards, France went from 8:1 exporter in 1870 to 6:1 importer in 1887. Legions of wine farmers faced total financial ruin. With no cure - or even a proper diagnosis - in sight, many saw no option but to flee to lands not yet affected. The influx of institutional knowledge that flooded into former backwater wine regions like Rioja catapulted them into relevance, and soon matured into a world-class standard. The farmers had found respite, but couldn't run forever. By the time Phylloxera crossed the Pyrenees, however, there would be new ways to fight back. French botanist Jules-Emile Planchon had a theory. If the blight was caused by a microscopic American insect as he suspected, perhaps grafted European varieties on American rootstock would be resistant. This would be confirmed by Missouri entomologist Charles Riley, and with millions of rootstocks supplied by Texas horticulturalist T.V. Munson, the Wine Blight was soon in remission. (This is adapted from notes for Le Dû’s Wines ‘History of Wine 1453AD-Present’ seminar, where this wine was poured)

With the Wine Blight laying waste to her vineyards, France went from 8:1 exporter in 1870 to 6:1 importer in 1887. Legions of wine farmers faced total financial ruin. With no cure - or even a proper diagnosis - in sight, many saw no option but to flee to lands not yet affected. The influx of institutional knowledge that flooded into former backwater wine regions like Rioja catapulted them into relevance, and soon matured into a world-class standard. The farmers had found respite, but couldn't run forever. By the time Phylloxera crossed the Pyrenees, however, there would be new ways to fight back. French botanist Jules-Emile Planchon had a theory. If the blight was caused by a microscopic American insect as he suspected, perhaps grafted European varieties on American rootstock would be resistant. This would be confirmed by Missouri entomologist Charles Riley, and with millions of rootstocks supplied by Texas horticulturalist T.V. Munson, the Wine Blight was soon in remission. (This is adapted from notes for Le Dû’s Wines ‘History of Wine 1453AD-Present’ seminar, where this wine was poured)

9.2

Jonathan Wall Delectable Pro

Leather, cigar, olives, burned cherry, oak... a lot of good stuff going on here, but not fully integrated. Still loved it. Especially at the deep discount for a damaged label ($HKD).

Leather, cigar, olives, burned cherry, oak... a lot of good stuff going on here, but not fully integrated. Still loved it. Especially at the deep discount for a damaged label ($HKD).

9.2

Peter van den Besselaar Delectable Pro

Vintage 2006 Blind tasted. The bouquet misleads me: sweet! Then mocca, cacao, toffee, coconut, and even roses. Rich taste with excellent structure. A treat!

Vintage 2006 Blind tasted. The bouquet misleads me: sweet! Then mocca, cacao, toffee, coconut, and even roses. Rich taste with excellent structure. A treat!

9.3

Ivonne Nill Delectable Pro

Dried strawberries and leather with significant oak impression (dill, astringent tannins), medium bodied 13ABV. The extract and concentration will allow the oak to further integrate over time. This beauty has a long life ahead.

Dried strawberries and leather with significant oak impression (dill, astringent tannins), medium bodied 13ABV. The extract and concentration will allow the oak to further integrate over time. This beauty has a long life ahead.

9.0

Stefan Dolhain Delectable Pro

2006 vintage. Amazing complexity for the price.

2006 vintage. Amazing complexity for the price.

9.3

Jay Kline Delectable Pro

The latest release of Tondonia tinto and its fabulous already. In its relative youth, there is already greater depth than any Tondonia I can recall since 2001. Bright red and dark cherry fruit with baking spices and olive tapenade. Finish is long. Deft balance. The future is really bright with this one.

The latest release of Tondonia tinto and its fabulous already. In its relative youth, there is already greater depth than any Tondonia I can recall since 2001. Bright red and dark cherry fruit with baking spices and olive tapenade. Finish is long. Deft balance. The future is really bright with this one.

9.3

Mike Steffel Delectable Pro

10 year old white and I do not want a second glass.

10 year old white and I do not want a second glass.

8.2

Jonathan Salky

Did not open up at all over dinner. Was great the next day tho!

Did not open up at all over dinner. Was great the next day tho!

9.0

Jim Chen

Better with age ;)

Better with age ;)

9.1

Iwan

Tondonia does it again I don’t know another wine that so consistently outperforms and drinks like a wine three times the price. So elegant, so fresh, so yummy.

Tondonia does it again I don’t know another wine that so consistently outperforms and drinks like a wine three times the price. So elegant, so fresh, so yummy.

9.5

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