2001 Lopez de Heredia "Viña Bosconia" Reserva Rioja

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93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Jul/Aug 09: "(80% tempranillo, 15% garnacha and 5% graciano and mazuelo) Red with an amber rim. Smoky redcurrant, dried cherry and floral aromas gain power with air, picking up notes of licorice and pungent herbs. Highly complex in the mouth, displaying sweet red berry and bitter cherry flavors along with a spicecake quality. The tannins are fully absorbed, allowing the sweet fruit to stand out. As complex as this is right now, it will reward many more years of cellaring." And, according to Wine Spectator: "Maturing now, this big red offers cedar, tobacco and spice flavors that frame dried cherry and licorice. Muscular, with firm tannins and a sweet, slightly dusty finish." (10/09) 91 points and a Cellar Selection, Wine Enthusiast: "Wild flowers, fresh herbs and tobacco aromas add a classic touch to the bouquet, and in the mouth it's alert, with juicy acidity propping up raspberry fruit and oak-based vanilla. Some might call it tangy but there's body and depth to this unfiltered, natural-yeast wine, which can be drunk now but should probably be held for another decade or so. Best from 2014-2019."

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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.


Alcohol Content (%): 13