R. Lopez de Heredia Vina Bosconia Tinto Reserva 2009 750ml Rioja, Spain
In general, Viña Bosconia wines are elegant but full-bodied; have a deep color and good structure, and are wines with great complexity and expression. Viña Bosconia is fruitier than the Viña Tondonia, with a higher proportion in Tempranillo, is less dry and warmer. Elegant with an impeccable balance, smooth, displaying a great quality of fresh fruit, plums, morello cherries, good refreshing acidity in a very fine, classy wine.
Bosconia faces south and has plenty of fruit sweetness. The 2009 Viña Bosconia Reserva shows the ripeness of a very warm and dry year. ITs structured and concentrated, quite different fromt eh finesse of Tondonia. The Bosconia has always been more rustic and powerful and Tondonia all about finesse and nuance. There are dark plaums and baking spices with a touch of singed leather. The fruit very strong to counterbalance the aging in oak barrels.
The Bosconia vineyard wines are the only ones from Lopez de Heredia bottled in Burgundy bottles.
James Suckling – 96 points
Tim Atkins - 95 points
Wine Advocate – 92 points
Bodegas Lopez de Heredia is one of the wine world’s great wine treasures. Founded in 1877 by Don Rafael López de Heredia y Landeta, the Bodega was built close to the railway station at Haro, in Rioja, its location geographically symbolic for proximity of access to the ideas of Bordeaux and practically useful for transportation of both grapes and wines.