2009 Lopez de Heredia Vina Bosconia Reserva
2009 Lopez de Heredia Vina Bosconia Reserva Viña Bosconia is harvested from a single vineyard, El Bosque. It’s a blend of Tempranillo, with Garnacha, Graciano and Mazuelo, grown on clay and limestone soils, in the foothills of the Sierra Cantabria mountains. Like all of López de Heredia’s wines, it is aged far longer than legally necessary — at any other winery, a wine aged this long would qualify as a gran reserva
Bright red fruit, balanced by tannins that seem to be playing at rusticity—integrated with just an edge of grip. Among the ripe cherry and cassis fruit, there’s a savory, verdant quality, some eucalyptus and cedar. While you can cellar this for decades, it is delightful to drink now.
Some of the greatest traditional, old world red wine made in Europe today comes from Lopez de Heredia in Rioja. These are traditional Rioja’s in all their glory. Some of the oldest red wines I have ever tasted come from this producer and they age absolutely brilliantly. They age their wines ten years prior to release and the 2009 Lopez de Heredia Vina Bosconia Reserva is a great vintage for the wine, getting a huge 96pts by Suckling.
Parker’s WA comments, “I have adored, indeed occasionally worshiped, the wines of Lopez de Heredia for many years, so I am not ashamed to admit that visiting
both their vineyard and their winery was a pilgrimage.” Founded by Rafael Lopez de Heredia y Landeta in 1877, it has stood the test of time using the timeless artisan winemaking techniques. This is pure, clean, fresh and totally charming red that will be amazingly long lived. This is the best vintage of this famous wine since 2001 and it is extremely fairly priced when compared to other pedigreed wines from around the world. I strongly recommend!