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Viña Bosconia Rioja Reserva by Lopez de Heredia 2006

Viña Bosconia Rioja Reserva

by Lopez de Heredia 2006

Producer : Lopez de Heredia

Region : Rioja (Spain), Spain (Spain)

Bottle Per Case : 6 x 750 ml

Food Pairing : Breads, Cured Meat, Hard Cheese, Red Meat, Roasted Vegetables

Tasting Notes

"The 2006 Viña Bosconia Reserva, always more rustic and powerful than the Viña Tondonia, was cropped from a warm and early harvest and is a blend of Tempranillo with 15% Garnacha and 5% Graciano and Mazuelo. This wine matures in used American oak barrels for five years. It has a very developed nose, and as winemaker Mercedes López de Heredia noted, "It could be confused with a Gran Reserva, as I see it more tertiary and developed." These are amazing wines, clean and complex, with polished tannins and surprisingly good acidity. I have the idea of 2006 as a warmer vintage, but it's not true throughout Rioja; as I've seen with other wines, like the ones from Muga, in this cooler part of Rioja, the vintage was much better. There are some dusty tannins and some flavors that still remind you of fresh fruit."

94 points - Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate, Feb 2018

Specs

Bottles Per Case 6 Pack
Point Score 94
Bottle Size 750 ml
Producer Lopez de Heredia
Region Rioja (Spain), Spain (Spain)
Alcohol 13.5% alc./vol.
Style Warm and spicy reds
Vintage 2006
Farming Method Sustainable
Grapes 14% Garnacha, 3% Graciano, 3% Mazuelo, 80% Tempranillo
Food Pairing Breads, Cured Meat, Hard Cheese, Red Meat, Roasted Vegetables
Descriptors Earthy, Floral
Wine Type Red
Wood Presence Oaked
Body Medium
Price of Case $329.70

The Producer

Lopez de Heredia

For 145 years, López de Heredia has stood as one of the most significant and highly sought-after producers in the Rioja region. They possess all 170 hectares of the vineyards they cultivate, with some vines dating back a century, and have maintained a tradition of working without chemical intervention for generations. The sustainability practices embraced by younger producers today have been integral to López de Heredia's production since its inception.

What sets these wines apart, contributing significantly to their widespread demand, is the extensive aging process before they are released. To provide context, the legal requirement for a Gran Reserva Rioja dictates a minimum aging period of two years in barrels and two years in bottles (a total of four years at least). López de Heredia, however, unveils their Viña Tondonia Gran Reserva Rioja after an impressive twenty years. Therefore, the 2001 vintage we present here represents their latest Gran Reserva release and the first since 1996. Enjoying these wines is a truly unique experience, as they encapsulate bottled history in every sip.

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