Lopez de Heredia 2011 Vina Bosconia Rioja Reserva
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R. Lopez de Heredia, also known as Tondonia, is the greatest producer in Rioja. Founded in 1877, their winemaking style has barely changed, holding fast to the traditions of their founder Rafael Lopez de Heredia.
Vina Bosconia is the first of the two Reserves made at the Bodega. The wine typically spends five years in cask, and the rest in bottle. The recently released 2011 is 80% Tempranillo, 15% Garnacha (or Garnacho as they call it), with the balance of Mazuelo and Graciano.
The name Bosconia is a corruption of the Spanish word for Burgundy. Unlike their other wines, the wine is bottled in a Burgundy-shaped bottle to signify its Burgundian qualities. Mistakenly, in the 19th century, the winery believed that alluding to Burgundy meant being richer than a Claret: the style that most Rioja Bodegas of the time were intent on recreating.
Bosconia is a highly complex wine: a little more concentrated than Vina Cubillo, but not remarkably. The nose is open and broad with the beautiful balsamy, mature notes we expect from this outstanding wine.
If you are seeking out the ultimate expression of Rioja, then you have found it.