2004 Lopez de Heredia "Viña Bosconia" Reserva Rioja

SKU #1252131 94 points James Suckling

 Very fruity and intense yet there's a finesse and subtlety. Full-bodied and rich but very polished and refined. Lots of dried fruit, earth and spice. Aged five to six years in old American oak casks. Drink or hold.  (6/2015)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2004 Vina Bosconia Reserva is a blend of 80% Tempranillo, 15% Garnacho and the remaining 5% Mazuelo and Graciano aged for five years in used barrels, racked twice per year and fined with egg whites before being bottled unfiltered. Dark ruby-colored, with notes of beef blood, iron, antique shop, incense, blood orange and a touch of volatile acidity, the palate is very fresh, with good concentration, clear flavors and enough grip and fruit to age gracefully. A perfumed and feminine great Rioja. The Bosconia vineyard wines are the only ones from Lopez de Heredia bottled in Burgundy bottles. Drink now-2024. (LG)  (12/2013)

93 points Vinous

 Vivid red. Aromas of dried cherry, potpourri, vanilla and sandalwood, with an exotic touch of allspice building in the glass. Sweet, concentrated and focused, offering cherry compote and rose pastille flavors that put on weight and pick up a smoky nuance on the back half. Shows a deft blend of power and finesse, finishing sweet and gently tannic, with excellent persistence and an echo of candied flowers. (JR)  (11/2015)

93 points Wine & Spirits

 A blend of tempranillo (80 percent), garnacha (15 percent), mazuelo and graciano, all grown at El Bosque, near the family’s cellars in Haro, this aged in barrel for five years, then in bottle until its recent release. The aroma is mature, with a miso-like note, while the flavors are brighter, like fragrant red berries with a juicy clarity. Earthy notes of truffles and rooty, carrot-like scents come up in the finish, complex and pretty. This is ready to drink with the dark meat of roasted game birds.  (12/2015)

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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