THE VINEYARD BOSCONIA - The vineyard “El Bosque” is situated beside the Ebro River, with a height of 1,527 feet above sea level, less than a mile from the winery. The soil is clay and Limestone. It has a total of 37 acres: Tempranillo, red Garnacho, Mazuelo, and Graciano. Originally, the founder, due to his French influence, gave the wines names inspired by French wines. Viña Bosconia comes from a Burgundy-style wine that he used to make with a high percentage of Pinot Noir, which he called “Rioja Cepa Borgoña”.
Region/Sub- Region: Spain, Rioja, Rioja Alta.
Grapes: 80% Tempranillo, 15% Garnacho, 5% Mazuelo, and Graciano.
Soil: Clay and Limestone.
Harvest: End September-early October, all done by hand, cutting with a curved knife "corquete", prevents the grape breaking causing fermentation prematurely. Bunches are placed in conical wood containers made at the R. López de Heredia cooperage.
Vinification: Hoppers de-stem bunches and gently break skins. Spontaneous fermentation in large 25,000L vats.
Aging: 10 years in 225L American oak barrels handmade by the López de Heredia coopers, racked twice per year and at least 9 years in bottle before released.
Nose: Nose is persistent, with complex tertiary aromas showing a lot of mature fruit, being dominated by the Tempranillo grape, red cherries, dried cranberries, leather and cured meats, red apple skins, dried red rose.
Taste: Round in the mouth, smooth and elegant, with a very long finish.
Gastronomy: Excellent with roasted meat, especially lamb, pork, and game.
Color: Red ruby color with a brick red rim.
Talking About the Wines:
-International Wine Cellar, Sept/Oct '12 gave 95 points to 1995 Viña Bosconia Gran Reserva. Dark red. "A kaleidoscopic bouquet evokes candied red fruits, incense, pipe tobacco, and potpourri, with hints of woodsmoke, leather, and Asian spices gaining strength in the glass. Tangy acidity adds lift and focus to a strikingly long, sappy finish. This wine belies its age with its vivacity."