R. Lopez de Heredia Vina Bosconia Reserva 2011 / 750 ml.

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JS9595 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Wednesday, February 9, 2022
A very complex, aged Rioja with savory plums, mushrooms, bark, red earth, orange peel and cedar. Quite juicy, fresh and bright on the palate with a tangy, zesty palate, full of berries and oranges. Firm, long and complex with a mouthwatering finish. Such a traditional taste! Drink now or hold.
RP92+92+ pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 14th Jul 2022
2011 was a warmer and riper year, but there’s not a huge difference between the 2011 Viña Bosconia Reserva and the 2010; this is perhaps mellower, with more integrated acidity. It’s 13.5% alcohol with a pH of 3.3 and 6.7 grams of acidity measured in tartaric acid per liter, and it fermented in the 144-year-old oak vats and matured in used American oak barrels for five years. 88,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in May 2018. (Luis Gutiérrez)

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Primary Grape: Tempranillo | All Grapes: 80% Tempranillo, 15% Garnacha, 5% Graciano and Mazuelo

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JS95 95 pts. / JamesSuckling.com (Wednesday, February 9, 2022)

A very complex, aged Rioja with savory plums, mushrooms, bark, red earth, orange peel and cedar. Quite juicy, fresh and bright on the palate with a tangy, zesty palate, full of berries and oranges. Firm, long and complex with a mouthwatering finish. Such a traditional taste! Drink now or hold.

RP92+ 92+ pts. / Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate (14th Jul 2022)

2011 was a warmer and riper year, but there’s not a huge difference between the 2011 Viña Bosconia Reserva and the 2010; this is perhaps mellower, with more integrated acidity. It’s 13.5% alcohol with a pH of 3.3 and 6.7 grams of acidity measured in tartaric acid per liter, and it fermented in the 144-year-old oak vats and matured in used American oak barrels for five years. 88,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in May 2018. (Luis Gutiérrez)

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One of Spain's most famous wine regions, Rioja lies in north central Spain near the border with France along the Rio Oja River. In fact, many French winemakers moved to this mountainous region from Bordeaux in the 19th century to escape the blight of Phylloxera, which was prevalent at that time. Red wines are typically blends, most commonly using Tempranillo and Grenache (Garnacha) grapes. White wines here are made from Viura grapes.

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One of Spain's most famous wine regions, Rioja lies in north central Spain near the border with France along the Rio Oja River. In fact, many French winemakers moved to this mountainous region from Bordeaux in the 19th century to escape the blight of Phylloxera, which was prevalent at that time. Red wines are typically blends, most commonly using Tempranillo and Grenache (Garnacha) grapes. White wines here are made from Viura grapes.

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The picturesque countryside of Spain is littered with vineyards large and small, and offers up some of the best value available on the wine market today. You can consistently fine critically-acclaimed Spanish wines selling for less than their counterparts from other wine-producing countries. The Rioja and Ribera del Duero regions are most famous, and there's nowhere else in the world where you'll find as many world-class Tempranillos.

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SKU 99132
Product Type Wine
Alternate Name R. López de Heredia Viña Bosconia Reserva
Country Spain
Region Rioja
Product Location - Location-Appellation Rioja
Package Size 750 ml.
Proof/Alcohol by Volume 13.5%
Wine/Spirit Brand R. López de Heredia Viña Tondonia
Bottles per Case 12
Vintage 2011
Can it Be Shipped Yes
Premier Pick No
Wine Type Table Wine
Wine - Color Red
Grape(s) 80% Tempranillo, 15% Garnacha, 5% Graciano and Mazuelo
Primary Grape Tempranillo
Dollar Sale (Y/N) No
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JS9393 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Thursday, October 14, 2021
Enticing aromas of blackberries, leather and cedar with some dried flowers follow through to a medium to full body with firm tannins and a fresh, citrusy finish. Very traditional and real. Drink now.
RP92+92+ pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 14th Jul 2022
2013 was a very tough vintage when they had to discard up to 100,000 kilograms of grapes and production of most of the wines was lower; it’s also the year when their father died, and they were very encouraged to make very good wines. The 2013 Viña Cubillo Tinto Crianza is the entry-level red from that year, the cooler of the shortlist of 2013, 2014 and 2015 I tasted next to each other. The wine is more austere even within the style they say is their wine for the by-the-glass market. It’s classical and developed with a polished palate after three years in barrel. It overdelivers for the conditions of the year. 90,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in May 2019. (Luis Gutiérrez)

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JS9797 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Wednesday, November 15, 2023
Nuanced pine nuts, macadamia, white truffle, dried pineapple, seaweed and marzipan. Full and voluminous on the palate with a bright beam of acidity giving it a kick in the middle before a long, nutty finish. Aged, but super youthful now. Drink upon release or hold, but probably best in the next five to 10 years. This will age beautifully, as always. (Zekun Shuai)
RP9595 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 14th Jul 2022
The next vintage of the white reserva will be released around February 2023 and will be the 2012 Viña Tondonia Blanco Reserva. It has marked notes of mushroom, which is what you get when you enter their cellars, in a warm and dry vintage that is still more vibrant. 16,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in November 2020. (Luis Gutiérrez)

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JS9797 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Monday, November 22, 2021
Sweet berries, cherries, cedar and dried flowers on the nose. Some lemon and lime zest, too! Medium-to full-bodied with tight, integrated tannins that show wonderful length and reserve. So fresh and vivid. Lots of energy. A wonderful, classic wine. Drink or hold.
RP9393 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 30th Oct 2020
As with many wines this time, I had two vintages to taste of the Reserva from the Tondonia vineyard, 2009 and 2008, two very different, almost opposite vintages. The 2009 Viña Tondonia Reserva, a blend of 70% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacho and 5% each Mazuelo and Graciano, matured in used American oak barrels for six years. It has some toasted character, with ripe fruit, black rather than red, denoting a warm year but more restrained than the Bosconia Reserva from the same vintage. 2009 is a year of ripeness, concentration and tannin; the wines are powerful, but here you see the finesse of Tondonia in comparison to the more rustic Viña Bosconia. 220,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in May 2017.
WS9393 pts. - Wine & Spirits - 12/21
From the López de Heredia family’s prime vineyard on a meander of the Ebro just outside of Haro, Tondonia is a blend of tempranillo with 20 percent garnacha along with small amounts of graciano and mazuelo. It’s a little volatile when first released from its long rest in bottle, then it turns silken and mouthwatering with air, a bright, lively and refreshing take on traditional Rioja. Brisk cherry and delicate orange zest notes make this an easy pleasure, fully mature with ample tannins to carry it further, equally at home with a plate of hake cheeks or a rabbit stew.

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JS9797 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Sunday, November 20, 2022
Complex, really finely nuanced, oxidative notes make this so attractive. Everything is very subtle here. A mixture of salted almonds, cashews, minerals, dried lemon peel, nougat and treacle. A full-bodied, slightly chewy Rioja that’s full of flavor. Concentrated, yet so zesty and taut. Extremely long and zingy finish. The longer you taste it, the more the wine will talk to you. Delicious now, but can hold for a decade, if not more. (James Suckling)
RP9393 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 14th Jul 2022
The 2011 Viña Tondonia Blanco Reserva reflects a warm and ripe year, and the wine is more evolved and already hints at some caramel and honey. It has a mellow palate without the vibrancy of the 2010 I tasted next to it. This wine matured in used, ancient American oak barrels for six years. 19,000 bottles were filled in November 2019. (Luis Gutiérrez)

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