Notes of smoke, sweet culinary spices, cedar, sandalwood, fig, dried cherries and vanilla lead to a complex and refined palate that has acres of length, yielding tannins and perfect balance. In terms of the history of Bosconia, the 2011 is actually quite a powerful version, but that is a relative position. This is wine that could redefine your concept of Rioja...
This is flawless winemaking; from a winery that has made the purest art form from the best parts of the best traditions, this is part an act of generosity and part a statement that "great" never goes out of fashion.
The same will be said of all wines made under the name of Rafael Lopez de Heredia and rightly so, as the name sits on some of the most astonishingly profound, complex, elegant and balanced wines to be the end product of a bunch of grapes.
It's true, part of the majesty is the age of the wines when they get released (this is a youthful 2011) and there is something brilliant about the Crianza bottling often qualifying as Gran Reserva, yet only being deemed as a representative of the Crianza style by the winery. But other wineries age wines very well, too, which means that there must be something else about which this winery is able to boast.
The winery is 140 years old and the philosophy of the best traditions is still to the fore. It seems that one element of tradition that is not a practice is patience; ageing wine for lengthy periods ties up cash and can be risky given market trends and customer preferences, yet here there has been no wavering as they have diligently stuck to their guns and give us these sensational wines, vintage after vintage.
94 Points Tim Atkin; 92 Points Parker
Region: Rioja Alta
Grape(s): Tempranillo, Mazuelo, Grenache, Graciano
Style: Svelte, Soft, Smooth, Silky, Pure, Profound, Perfumed, Organic, Medium Bodied, Meditation, Iconic, Fruity, Fresh, Elegant, Complex, Bright, Balanced
Best food matches: Wild Boar, Warm Salads, Venison, Veal, Steak, St Stephen's Day, Soft Cheeses, Sausages, Salads, Roasts, Red Meats, Poultry, Mature Cheeses, Lamb, Hard Cheeses, Grills, Grilled Vegetables, Game, Fine Dining, Duck, Christmas Dinner, Cheeses, Charcuterie, Beef