R. López de Heredia Tempranillo Blend Rioja Reserva Viña Bosconia 2002
Not yet reviewed; 2001 vintage rated 93 points by International Wine Cellar: (80% tempranillo, 15% garnacha and 5% graciano and mazuelo) Red with an amber rim. Smoky redcurrant, dried cherry and floral aromas gain power with air, picking up notes of licorice and pungent herbs. Highly complex in the mouth, displaying sweet red berry and bitter cherry flavors along with a spicecake quality. The tannins are fully absorbed, allowing the sweet fruit to stand out. As complex as this is right now, it will reward many more years of cellaring.
An elegant and refined style of Rioja - earthy, dried red fruit on the nose, with a medium-body and notes of dried herbs, dried red fruits, and savory spice on the palate.
Decant, needs to breathe. Vina Bosconia
One and a half glasses
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Coming from the family-run and very traditional Lopez de Heredia estate, this wine has notes of strawberry, blood orange, pomegranate, coconut, and exotic spices. Viña Bosconia is produced from the juice of Tempranillo, Garnacha, Mazuelo, and Graciano, aged for three years in American oak barrels. The winery is one of the few in Rioja still owned by its founding family.
Cubillo is Lopez's answer to Rioja Crianza. Following the style of all their wines, this wine could be labeled a class above - as a Reserva - but they keep it a Crianza. It compares to most other Rioja wineries' Reservas since the wine is aged 3 years in oak, followed by another 2-3 years in bottle. The resulting wine is fruit-forward but with developed, older wine aromas of cherries and spices. This wine pairs nicely with Queso de la Serena, a gooey, pungent, raw Merino sheep's milk cheese available online at Murray's Cheese.
Auge: dunkles Rot; Nase: breit und kräftig; Gaumen: der Anfang gleich wie in der Nase, kräftig und elegant. Im Mund sehr reich und vollmundig mit einer guten Ausgewogenheit. Gut strukturiert mit einem schönen Abgang.
Cubillo is Lopez's answer to Rioja Crianza. Following the style of all their wines, this wine could be labeled a class above - as a reserva - but they keep it a crianza. It compares to most other Rioja wineries' reservas since the wine is aged 3 years in oak, followed by another 2-3 years in bottle. The resulting wine is fruit forward but with developed, older wine aromas of cherries and spices.
One of the youngest wines coming out of the Lopez de Heredia cellars, this Rioja sees 2 years in oak and 2 years in bottle before being released. Made from 75% Tempranillo and 25% Grenache, the "Cubillo" is a single vineyard, showing fresh red fruit with underlying notes of toasted coffee bean and earth.
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Color: Clear, bright ruby. Nose: Fresh and slight aroma to licorice with consistent texture and persistent aroma. Taste: Smooth, fresh and persistent.
Dietary Information: Organic
85000 bottles produced.
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