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:
-The Wine Advocate, Oct '20 gave 92 points to 2009 Viña Bosconia Reserva (red). “Bosconia has always been more rustic and powerful and Tondonia all about finesse and nuance. There are dark plums and baking spices, a touch of singed leather, the fruit very strong and counterbalance the aging in barrel.”
-A View From The Cellar, Oct ’19 gave 94 points to 2007 Viña Bosconia Reserva (red). “The 2007 Viña Bosconia Rioja “Reserva” is the most recent arrival of this iconic bottling from López de Heredia and the wine is absolutely stunning on both the nose and palate. This is not a very powerful vintage of Bosconia, but rather one that highlights the supreme elegance and original Burgundian inspiration of this bottling. The bouquet wafts from the glass in a lovely and wide-open blend of red plums, raspberries, cloves, cinnamon, complex soil tones, a touch of toasted coconut and a topnote of cigar smoke. On the palate the wine is fullish, refined and intensely flavored, with lovely soil signature, tangy acids, fine focus and grip and a long, moderately tannic and beautifully balanced, complex finish. This is so light on its feet and yet has excellent depth and backend length and grip. This is all too easy to drink already, but at age twelve, it is really still on the youthful side and will get more velvety and complex over the coming five to ten years, and will age long and gracefully. The challenge will be not drinking it early on, as it is already pretty irresistible. Fine, fine juice.”
-Wine & Spirits, Dec ’19 gave 93 points to 2007 Viña Bosconia Reserva. “This wine grows at a south-facing estate vineyard along the Ebro River, one kilometer away from the family’s cellars in Haro. The vine age averages 40 years; the blend includes tempranillo (80 percent) with garnacha and a little Graciano and mazuelo. Aged for five years in American oak barrels, then in bottle at the winery before release, it’s a completely Spanish red, friendly and jaunty, spicy in its delicate fragrance of tart cherries and strawberries, the pleasure of drinking 12-year-old wine with so much energy and freshness makes the $40 price seem like a steal.”