2007 was a great vintage in Rioja, one of the best in the new century with generous, warm weather and low amounts of rain so vines will struggle that extra bit to make sure the fruit is excellent and the resulting wines are complex.
If the bottle shape does not give it away, this is the Burgundy-inspired wine from Lopez de Heredia. With more elegance and a finer tannin structure, this wine is pure and Traditional Rioja, with a nod to the more elegant and finer structured wines of Burgundy. The wine in its origins was blended with Pinot Noir when it was first made in the late 1800s, but that practice stopped a long time ago. 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%, Mazuelo & Graciano 5%
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.