2004 Lopez de Heredia "Viña Bosconia" Reserva Rioja
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.
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)
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)
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.