• Lopez de Heredia Vina Boscania Reserva Rioja 2005 94

    Lopez de Heredia Vina Boscania Reserva Rioja 2005

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    94pts Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate

    "The wine is terribly elegant. I simply loved this wine. " ~ Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate

    Parker's Wine Advocate "simply loved this wine". The Lopez de Heredia Vina Bosconia Reserva Rioja. It's yet another of the immensely accomplished, lovingly crafted efforts from this house in Rioja that's been at it for well over a century. When you read the rave review below, you'll know it's no ordinary Rioja; it's subtle and elegant with the potential to age beautifully. Tip your hats to Spain and pour your first gorgeously developed glasses to go with jamon croquettas, a favorite tapas, aka ham croquettes. The lovely acicidity of the Bosconia Reserva is perfect opposite the creaminess of the croquettas. Moving on, think meat and meaty dishes, roasted, grilled, braised and more. Chorizo-stuffed capon with brown butter will stop you dead in your tracks with its deliciousness. Or, try this Spanish star with leg of lamb stuffed with wild garlic, rosemary and anchovies. If it's a casual affair, the silky tannins will work wonders with flame-grilled burgers. The possibilities are endless; what kind of toppings are you in the mood for? Chipotle mayo, caramelized onions, cloth-wrapped cheddar, shredded duck confit? Make sure you save a little bit of room so that you can have just one more glass with a Spanish Zamorano cheese. It's nutty and rich, with a luxurious texture. Our verdict: you're going to love it.

    Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate:  "A worthy follow up to the 2004 is the 2005 Viña Bosconia Reserva, a wine that they consider the most rustic and powerful in the winery, but that I find as elegant and subtle as it gets. This feels very much in line with the 2004, maybe a notch above even, a lower yielding year. The nose is somehow closed and feels young with the elegant rusticity lurking from the bottom of the glass, clean and precise. The tannins are velvety and there is great acidity--a constant here. The wine is terribly elegant. I simply loved this wine. Drink 2016-2025. Aug 2016

    New York Times' Eric Asimov: "Perhaps no winery in the world guards its traditions as proudly and steadfastly as López de Heredia does,...it is paradoxically a winery in the vanguard, its viticulture and winemaking a shining, visionary example for young, forward-thinking producers all over the world... At López de Heredia, there is serenity that comes with adherence to core principles..." Aug 12, 2009

    Winery:  "This wine has evolved perfectly showing a deep ruby colour with shades of orange. Its nose is persistent, full bodied and showing a lot of mature fruit, being dominated by the Tempranillo grape. Its taste is round, smooth, fresh, full of body and persistent."

    Trade Notes: "For 140 years, four generations of the López de Heredia family have devoted themselves to producing exceptional and unique wines. Masterpieces which have achieved that which the founder of the company, Rafael López de Heredia y Landeta, defined in the late nineteenth century as the "Supreme Rioja".

    Vineyard care, a scrupulous selection of grapes, ageing in oak barrels in the heart of deep underground galleries, and the later ageing in bottles, all contribute to making these illustrious wines with their exceptional bouquet."

    Bottle:
    750ml, cork
    Varietal: 80% Tempranillo, 15% Garnacha, 5% Mazuelo & Graciano
    Alcohol %:
    13.5
    Aging: 60 months in barrel and 36 months further refining in bottle
    Region:      
    Rioja Alta, Spain