2008 Bosconia Reserva 93WA
La Rioja, Spain
ETA Later This Summer
2008 was another great vintage in Rioja, no scorching heat waves and little drought pressure, plenty of sunshine and perfectly ripe crops of tempranillo and garnacha created balanced and classic wines at the best addresses. This got the best vintage rating since 2005, but remember what I always say about vintages anyways, trust your producer! For reference the 2007 scored a 93 and 2006 scored a 94, both deemed lesser vintages.
If the bottle shape does not give it away, this is the Burgundy-inspired wine from Lopez de Heredia. With more refinement in the structure, fine tannins, this wine is pure and traditional Rioja, with a nod to the more polished and finer structured wines of Burgundy.
The 15 hecatre El Bosque vineyard is situated next to the Ebro river at an altitude of 465m, 1km away from the winery in Haro. Vines are planted on the south-facing foothills of the Sierra Cantabria range, providing them with ideal conditions for ripening. The soil is a mixture of clay and limestone. The average age of the vines is 40 years.
Grapes: Tempranillo 80%, Garnacho 15%, Graciano and Mazuelo 10%
NOT YET RATED
Winery: In general, Viña Bosconia wines are elegant but full-bodied; have a deep color and good structure, and are wines with great complexity and expression. The Viña Bosconia Reserva is made every year in quantities varying from 20,000 to 48,000 bottles. The difference between the Reserva and the Gran Reserva wines is that the former are made every year and are "coupage" wines and not vintage wines. They age for 5 years in American oak barrels, and are hand racked around 10 times before they are released to the market.