R. López de Heredia

Viña Bosconia Gran Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend

9.3169 ratings
9.472 pro ratings
La Rioja Alta, La Rioja, Spain
Tempranillo, Mazuelo, Garnacha, Graciano
Lamb, Tomato-Based, Polenta, Hard Cheese, Pork, Beef, Pasta, Mushrooms, Soft Cheese, Chicken, Venison, Exotic Spices, Potato, Turkey, Beans & Peas, Herbs, Baking Spices, Pungent Cheese, Duck, Salami & Prosciutto, White Rice, Chili & Hot Spicy, Lasagna, Pizza, Barbecue, Mexican Cuisine, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Paella
Top Notes For
Sipping Fine Wine

Just love this wine, just gets better and better, had bottle for Fat Tuesday. Deep Ruby with an elegant bouquet of berry fruits, light spice with fresh earthy tones, a traditional Rioja. On the palate, the wine was silky smooth with layers of flavors, berry and cherry, tobacco, smoky cedar, dark fruit, vanilla spice, very well balanced with fine tannins and a clean structure ending with a nice lingering finish. Delicious! Can age well into next decade.

Just love this wine, just gets better and better, had bottle for Fat Tuesday. Deep Ruby with an elegant bouquet of berry fruits, light spice with fresh earthy tones, a traditional Rioja. On the palate, the wine was silky smooth with layers of flavors, berry and cherry, tobacco, smoky cedar, dark fruit, vanilla spice, very well balanced with fine tannins and a clean structure ending with a nice lingering finish. Delicious! Can age well into next decade.

Feb 26th, 2020
Wei Liu

What a wine! With it's pale tawny coloring, the nose and palate is quite the exhilarating surprise! Nose: mature characteristics of earth, mushroom, tobacco, stewed tomato, toffee, balsamic. I discovered Essence of fried flowers, med + flavors with meaty tannins from the oak. On the palate: med+ acidity, med. tannin, med alcohol, med body, deliberate oxidative quality of balsamic, tart red fruit and umami. I found this to be very good, still quite alive and fresh, can go on for another 3-5 years. Fine specimen of a aged quality Rioja.

What a wine! With it's pale tawny coloring, the nose and palate is quite the exhilarating surprise! Nose: mature characteristics of earth, mushroom, tobacco, stewed tomato, toffee, balsamic. I discovered Essence of fried flowers, med + flavors with meaty tannins from the oak. On the palate: med+ acidity, med. tannin, med alcohol, med body, deliberate oxidative quality of balsamic, tart red fruit and umami. I found this to be very good, still quite alive and fresh, can go on for another 3-5 years. Fine specimen of a aged quality Rioja.

5 people found it helpfulMar 19th, 2014
Chris Walsh

Partner Balanced Wine Selections

8.2

Meh. Expected so much more.

Meh. Expected so much more.

3 people found it helpfulOct 1st, 2014
Jennifer Massolo

Alta restaurant NYC

Alta restaurant NYC

1 person found it helpfulMay 15th, 2014
Gary Westby

Champagne & Sherry buyer K&L Wines

9.7

What a great bottle of wine. Thank you @Jim Westby for sharing this and for cooking the excellent mushroom chicken to go with it. This had lovely candies orange peel aromatics, medium body and such good length I am almost still tasting it the next day. Showing no signs of fading at 36!!!

What a great bottle of wine. Thank you @Jim Westby for sharing this and for cooking the excellent mushroom chicken to go with it. This had lovely candies orange peel aromatics, medium body and such good length I am almost still tasting it the next day. Showing no signs of fading at 36!!!

Mar 19th, 2017
Doug Kahn

Beautiful wine with some time you may just find that right mind

Beautiful wine with some time you may just find that right mind

Feb 19th, 2017
Charlie Abbott

Sommelier Casa Mono

9.0

Wanted this to be better. Hollow midpalate, fading fruit, still enjoyable but I expected more. A little confused why the cork was marked "reserva" but the label "gran reserva," bc honestly felt a little more like reserva in quality...

Wanted this to be better. Hollow midpalate, fading fruit, still enjoyable but I expected more. A little confused why the cork was marked "reserva" but the label "gran reserva," bc honestly felt a little more like reserva in quality...

Jan 2nd, 2017
Rafael Landestoy

A classic example of a Rioja made in a very traditional way. Quite nice.

A classic example of a Rioja made in a very traditional way. Quite nice.

Oct 31st, 2016
Robert Cunningham

Wine Educator DeVinimus, Wine Workshop

8.9

Lovely wine. Needs 1.5 hours to open. Tertiary reigns.

Lovely wine. Needs 1.5 hours to open. Tertiary reigns.

Aug 15th, 2016
Charles Antin

Senior Wine Specialist/Auctioneer Zachys

9.0

Nose of Madeira but some freshness on the palate.

Nose of Madeira but some freshness on the palate.

Jun 11th, 2016