1994 Lopez de Heredia "Viña Bosconia" Gran Reserva Rioja
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.
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.