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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

On 1:40 PM by The Bloggers @ 67 Wine   No comments
Last night I had the pleasure of drinking a beautiful wine with dinner, the R. Lopez de Heredia Vina Bosconia Rioja Reserva, 1999. Quite a mouthful, but the vineyard site, Bosconia is a reasonable abbreviation. The wine is 80% Tempranillo, 15% Garnacha, and some Manzuelo and Graciano to add acid and color.

This is a medium bodied wine with good acidity, and it begs for food. The fruit flavors and alcohol are a bit more evident in this wine, as opposed to the Tondonia, their more traditional bottling, which has great fragrance from the oak. All in all, everything balanced well in the Bosconia, with the smooth vanilla spiciness of the oak, the rich bright cherry flavors, and the refreshing acidity coming together seamlessly.

One of the reasons I was so impressed with this Rioja is how clean, unobtrusive, yet flavorful the wine is. This is not a tooth staining wine. Although the alcohol is a bit high(15%) it's not tiring. The three years in oak neither over oxidized and lost the fruit , nor overwhelmed the wine with creaminess or toastiness. The acid was palate cleansing and no sourness was present.

Based on my brief tasting of the wine in the past,I often recommended this wine to our customers as a starter rioja, showing what the grapes and aging of traditional style rioja is like, but offering a bit more body and fruit for more modern palates. I'm happy to say last night's field test was a resounding success, as it complemented our lamb kebob dinner and made for a memorable night.

Cheers,

Stacey Rosenberger
stacey@67wine.com

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