2008 Bosconia Reserva 93WA
La Rioja, Spain
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%
93 pts Robert Parker Wine Advocate
The profile of the 2008 Viña Bosconia Reserva is a lot less ripe than the 2009, and there are some herbal undertones; it's more reserved and austere, still undeveloped after five years in barrel and at least that much time in bottle. It's a blend of 80% Tempranillo, 15% Garnacho and the rest Graciano and Mazuelo that matured in used American oak barrels for five years. It reveals a medium body and some dusty tannins. It's quite the opposite from the 2009, and I think a hypothetical blend of the two would be better than each. It's a cold and austere vintage of Bosconia. 75,000 bottles produced. It was bottled unfiltered and fined with egg whites in four different lots, depending on logistics. It was bottled in November 2017.
Luis Guttierez - Robert Parker Wine Advocate