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1991 Lopez de Heredia "Viña Bosconia" Gran Reserva Rioja

SKU #1051305 96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Proceeding to the Bosconia vineyard in El Boseque, the 1991 Vina Bosconia Gran Reserva spent ten years in barrel and has a lucid deep ruby core with a tawny rim. It is endowed with a sensual bouquet with red cherry, fresh fig, cola and a touch of thyme. The palate is medium-bodied with a smooth, velvety texture, perfect acidity and lovely, natural peppery dark cherry fruit laced with balsamic and white pepper. This is simply divine. Drink now-2020+ (NM)  (8/2012)

95 points John Gilman

 The soon to be released 1991 Bosconia and Tondonia Gran Reservas are the finest vintages of these wines that I have tasted since the great 1981 were released, and lovers of classic Rioja would be well-served to lock up some of these superb wines in the cellar as soon as they are released. The ’91 Bosconia Gran Reserva is stunning, as it offers up a gorgeous nose of red cherries, orange zest, a touch of red plum, Rioja nuttiness, lovely spice tones, and a simply beautiful base of complex soil tones. On the palate the wine is fullish, deep and as hauntingly transparent as the best bottle of Chambolle-Musigny, with lovely intensity of flavor, great focus and a very long, youthful and beautifully balanced finish. This is a great Bosconia, that will need a few years to fully apogee, and should be very long-lived. (Drink between 2013-2040)  (2/2009)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (80% tempranillo, 15% garnacha and 10% mazuelo and graciano) Amber-edged, fading red. Compelling bouquet of dried red fruits, rose, lavender, anise and gingerbread. Deep, velvety red fruit flavors are surprisingly lithe, with candied floral and licorice qualities contributing complexity. Gains sweetness with air and finishes long, with strong mineral and floral qualities. For this much complexity in an aged Burgundy, you'd likely pay twice as much. (JR)  (8/2009)

90 points Wine Spectator

 This mature red shows a light brick color, with delicate aromas of spice, dried fruit and rose. Supple and still lively, offering flavors of dried berry, tea, vanilla and spice. This whispers rather than shouts, but has distinctive character. For fans of the traditional style. Drink now. 416 cases made.  (6/2009)

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. For their Bosconia gran reservas, they often times 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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Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/28/2009 | Send Email
Fresh tilled earth, asian spice box and roasted fruit flavors. This wine speaks of its place and origins with a song.

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Varietal:

Tempranillo

- 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.
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Spain

- 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.
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Rioja