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Lopez de Heredia - Bosconia 2009
"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 a 12-year-old wine with so much energy and freshness makes the $40 price seem like a steal."
93 points, Wine and Spirits
"A stunning vintage of this Rioja classic. Ripe and concentrated, yet cool and delicate with tons of fine tannin. Lots of earthy, autumnal Burgundy-like nuances, as well as notes of violets and plums. Long, complete finish."
95 points, James Suckling.
"The Bosconia vineyard, which has always been vinified separately at the winery, has more clay in the soil and tends to produce richer, plumper wines that are priced below Tondonia. This cuvée of Tempranillo with 10% Garnacha and 5% each of Graciano and Mazuelo has caressing sweetness, supple tannins and notes of dill and tobacco."