1981 Lopez de Heredia "Vina Bosconia" Gran Reserva Rioja

SKU #1007313 95 points Wine & Spirits

 From one of the best vintages of the 1980s, this wine has held its freshness as its texture matured to silk. The scent of freshly dug earth and delicate cherry flavors are light yet sophisticated, the tannins still tight, as if ready to hold on forever. A bullfighter's wine, both elegant and tough, for rack of lamb.  (6/2006)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Faded red. Gorgeous , multidimensional aromas of dried red fruits, white flowers, spicecake, leather, underbrush, graphite and lavender sachet. Sil ky and seemingly weightless, with a haunting crystalline purity to the sweet strawberry and redcurrant flavors Sweetly insinuating on the finish, with lingering mineral and strawberry flavors. A remarkable wine that's completely out of step with today's styles : this is the stuff that gets die-hard Rioja traditionalists all weepy.  (9/2006)

K&L Notes

One of the great Bosconias and a personal favorite, the impressive 1981 has a fascinating complement of sweet red berry fruits, racy acids, chalky minerality, a silken weightlessness, and sufficient structure to ensure further ageing. Wow, a magical wine and undoubtedly one for the ages. (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish wine buyer)

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