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Vina Bosconia Rioja Reserva, Lopez de Heredia 2009

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garnacha, tempranillo

Tasting Notes

You read a lot of marketing fluff about ‘family winemaking tradition’, but at López de Heredia, it’s real. Maria José López de Heredia and her winemaker sister, Mercedes, couldn’t care less about wine fashions. Their bodega in Barrio del Estacion in Haro is a living museum - cobwebbed Miss Havisham barrel rooms, black furry mold everywhere, little old men doing the same job that their father did decades before... this winery reeks of tradition

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 Stylistically, it's all about how the endlessly complex secondary and tertiary notes meld with the fruit. This is a million miles away from the flashy, Lexus-driving modern Rioja, with its weaponised primary fruit and curds of sickly new oak. Alcohol volumes tend to be relatively low, whereas acidity is notably high. The textures are special. These wines have that paradoxical lightness and depth; surely in large part due to their very long ageing and gradual decanting from barrel to barrel each year


“Wines from the Bosconia vineyard often have a little more weight than the other López de Heredia reds, although everything is relative at this proudly traditional winery. Combining Tempranillo with 15% Garnacha and 5% Mazuelo and Graciano, this has earth, tobacco and forest floor aromas, a core of sweet summer pudding fruit, savoury tannins and a fresh, tangy finish. 95 Points”
Tim Atkin
“The 2009 Viña Bosconia Reserva shows the ripeness of the very warm and dry year. It's structured and concentrated, quite different from the finesse of the Tondonia. Bosconia has always been more rustic and powerful and Tondonia all about finesse and nuance. There are dark plums and baking spices, a touch of singed leather, the fruit very strong to counterbalance the aging in barrel. This is a powerful Bosconia”
Luis Gutiérrez, The Wine Advocate

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