1994 Lopez de Heredia "Viña Bosconia" Gran Reserva Rioja

SKU #1094814 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Deep red. A heady, complex bouquet of candied red berries, cherry, pipe tobacco and Asian spices, with suave vanilla and mineral nuances. Sweet, seamless and broad on the palate, offering intense raspberry and bitter cherry flavors and a hint of blood orange. Finishes sappy and long, with resonating spiciness and great energy.  (9/2012)

K&L Notes

Lopez de Heredia makes some of the most traditional wines in Rioja, wines that are elegant, lithe, ageworthy (and often ageless), ethereal, and must-haves for any serious cellar. Their Bosconia gran reservas often mimic very good, aged Burgundy. As the cellar keeps an extensive library, in their constantly cool, humid, mold-covered cellar, the provenance of these bottles is typically first rate. Lopez de Heredia: true artisans, keepers of the flame, and if you ask us, a Spanish national treasure.

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- A very important red grape varietal that's native to Northern Spain, grown across the north and central regions of the country. Low in acid and alcohol, with subtle strawberry, leather and tobacco notes, the grape responds well to oak aging and plays particularly well with others. Tempranillo is an important component, when combined with Garnacha, Mazuelo, Viura and Graciano, of Rioja, with the best examples coming for the cooler, higher-elevation regions like Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa. It is also grown in significant quantities in the Ribera del Duero where it is called Tinto Fino and Penèdes where it is called Ull de Llebre o Ojo de Llebre. Tempranillo hasn't gained a particularly strong foothold outside of Spain, achieving some success under the name Tinto Roriz in Portugal. There it is used as a component of Port and in the table wines of the Ribera del Duero and the Dão.


- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.