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R López de Heredia Viña Bosconia Reserva Rioja 2011

Rioja DOCa

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  • 95pts, James Suckling, 2023
  • 92+, Robert Parker, 2023

A remarkable Rioja Reserva from the legendary López de Heredia. There’s no concession to modernity, with fermentation occurring in 140-year-old wooden vats, plus 5 years’ ageing in American oak casks, the rest in bottle. Remarkably intense and long.

A remarkable Rioja Reserva from the legendary López de Heredia. There’s no concession to modernity, with fermentation occurring in 140-year-old wooden vats, plus 5 years’ ageing in American oak casks, the rest in bottle. Remarkably intense and long.

Beyond the Label

Tasting notes

Warm, ripe red fruits, evolved, yet with freshness. Great spice length

Aroma

Smoky plum, mushroom, dried bark and orange peel, raspberry

Allergy information

Contains sulphites

R López de Heredia Viña Bosconia Reserva Rioja 2011

More information

  • 13.5% ABV
  • 10.13 Units
  • 750.00 ml
  • 31 December, 2030

Founded in 1877, in Haro, close to the famous railway station, López de Heredia is “one of the last great bastions of Rioja tradition” (Hugh Johnson). As critic Luis Gutiérrez wrote, “visiting the winery is like time travelling to 100 years ago, with no stainless steel or new oak to be found anywhere”. The estate is a cathedral to wine and tradition. In the vineyard, they've stuck fast to the old ways of farming, so sustainability is simply the norm. Unusually for Rioja, all the grapes are estate grown, from one of four extensive vineyards, each wine named after its individual plot. In this case, El Bosque. While their famous Viña Tondonia is all about elegance and nuance, Viña Bosconia is riper and smoother. Open early and decant.

"I have adored, indeed occasionally worshiped, the wines of Lopez de Heredia for many years" Neal Martin
Critic
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