I bet if you asked a random pool of 100 wine enthusiasts what was their favourite Rioja, a good two-thirds of them would say Vina Tondonia or Vina Bosconia from Lopez de Heredia. This is the classic Rioja to eclipse all classic Rioja, the arch-traditionalist without equal. It's an open secret that in pure quality terms (and measured against the best wines of Bordeaux, Burgundy or Piedmont), Lopez de Heredia wines should be quite a lot more expensive than they are. They have mastered the ability to craft profound, long-lived wines so their wines are a perennial steal.
It's exciting to be bringing over stock from this special producer directly. It's a dream come true, as we've admired these wines for many years. It's real old school stuff - in the vein of traditional, mature Barbaresco and Barolo. And if it was from there it would cost a lot more!
FROM THE PRESS
“Bosconia faces south and has plenty of fruit sweetness, even in a very cool Atlantic vintage like 2008. Combining Tempranillo with 20% Garnacha, Graciano and Mazuelo, it’s a delightfully subtle, traditional Rioja Reserva that's all about secondary and tertiary flavours and aromas rather than wood. Savoury, subtle and aromatic, with wild strawberry, tobacco and forest floor notes. 2020-28. 96 points”Tim Atkin MW, Rioja Report 2021
“Deep garnet. Intense, mineral-tinged red and blue fruit and floral scents are complemented by suggestions of baking spices, vanilla and woodsmoke. Supple, seamless and concentrated, yet lithe as well, offering intense raspberry, cherry-vanilla and rose pastille flavors underscored by vibrant mineral and blood orange nuances. Shows fine definition and sappiness and finishes sweet, focused and extremely long, with finely etched tannins adding framework and final grip..”Josh Raynolds, The Wine Advocate, April 2021