R. López de Heredia Tempranillo Blend Rioja Gran Reserva Viña Bosconia 1970
For a hundred and thirty one years, three 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.
Editorial Reviews for R. López de Heredia Tempranillo Blend Rioja Gran Reserva Viña Bosconia
Opening with an herbal funky edge this gains a green citrus oil element then fermenting tobacco tones and a touch of nut oil sets off the black plum fruit. This is a little leathery with perhaps a touch of brett lurking. In the mouth this is round and rich yet with out the fine balance of the 1970 Tondonia, It comes off as a bit rustic in tonight's company with rich black currant and black raspberry fruit that has a touch of stemminess. The finish tapers off quickly leaving a bit of drying tannin and a tarry finale. Better on the nose but still quite good. 91pts
This has a fantastic nose with sweet plums, toasted spices popping in a hot cast iron skillet, coffee tones and an enchanting candied violet/rose tone. The wine moves through stages alternately gaining a more roasted, caramelly tone and then reverting to cinnamon and tobacco spice dried raspberry, either way it smells great. In the mouth it is rich with resolved tannins and bright acidity offering up a rather Burgundian feel. There is a minty, herbal top note up front then a precise and transparent mid-palate with great mineral cut that retains a cherried core of fruit with a distinct watermelon edge but his lacks just a bit of intensity and length, especially on the finish. Still very good and wonderful to smell. 91pts