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: 5 years in 225L American oak barrels handmade by the López de Heredia coopers, racked twice per year and at least 4 years in bottle before released.
Nose: Its nose is persistent, full bodied, and showing a lot of mature fruit, being dominated by the Tempranillo grape, red cherries and cranberries, red apple skins, game blood and leather, and clove.
Taste: Its taste is round, smooth, fresh, full of body, and persistent.
Gastronomy: The perfect partner to roasted and highly-flavored meats.
Color: Evolved perfectly, showing a deep ruby color, with shades of orange.
Talking About the Wines:
-James Suckling, Sept '21 gave 95 points to 2010 Viña Bosconia Reserva (red). “Dried flowers and dark fruit on the nose with some mahogany and bark. Medium-bodied with fine tannins and lovely polish and length. Compact and long. Tangy, too. Special wine, showing its age and tradition. Decant an hour before serving.”
-Dr. Owen Bargreen, Sept '21 gave 94 points to 2009 Viña Bosconia Reserva (red). “Bottled back in 2016, the outstanding 2019 R. Lopez de Heredia ‘Vina Bosconia’ Rioja is already wonderfully evolved now at the twelve year mark. A blend of Tempranillo (80%), Garnacho (15%), with the remainder Mazuelo and Graciano, this shows a beautiful perfumed nose of potpourri with Christmas spices, red currants and smoky undertones. The palate is beautifully balanced and shows good concentration and verve — particularly considering the warmth of the vintage. Sour red fruits collide with minerals, scorched earth, black truffle shavings and bright acidity on the palate. The soft mouthfeel adds to the enjoyment as this downright killer effort has another decade or More to go in the cellar.”
-Vinous Media, Apr '21 gave 94 points to 2008 Viña Bosconia Reserva (red). "Deep garnet. Intense, mineral-tinged red and blue fruit and floral scents are complemented by suggestions of baking spices, vanilla and woodsmoke. Supple, seamless and concentrated, yet lithe as well, offering intense raspberry, cherry-vanilla and rose pastille flavors underscored by vibrant mineral and blood orange nuances. Shows fine definition and sappiness and finishes sweet, focused and extremely long, with finely etched tannins adding framework and final grip.”