This bottle was a lovely gift from a very kind client, thanks Irving! A fine example of a mature Rioja Gran Reserva. The color was an outstanding clear ruby. The group made a decision to open and pour based on the bottles age. The bouquet was light, but the there were aromas of beef blood, leather and truffle. I picked up the metallic on my tongue immediately, but a rose petal and mild cocoa flavor was present. This wines high acidity has allowed for its ability to age so gracefully. EG
With the lads at Houstons. Fill was about shoulder. Color was absolutely amazing. Brambly, fruity nose. Some faded fruit on the palate, but satisfying. Good acidity that provided some brightness. Never faded over the 5 hours this was open. If anything, was brighter by the end of the evening when the last drop was consumed.
Funky and smokey with notes of cured meat, truffles, fennel, Asian spices and dried currants. Bold on the attack, but the wine fades away on the finish. This wine will surely have its fans, and while I found it interesting to drink, do not count me as one of them.
A nice garnet color in the glass with slight bricking at the edge. The nose was very fine, not explosive but ethereal and somehow deep, with notes of cigar tobacco, leather, red fruit, rust, and mushroom. In the mouth, this is among the silkiest wines I’ve encountered and bright with red fruit and even a little tannin and cacao. Very nice.
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(Lopez de Heredia Rioja Gran Riserva Vina Bosconia) It had great cigar aromas along with chocolate and that Spanish leather. Dalia found 'black olive,' and there was also earth and graham cracker in its meaty and long nose. The palate had earth, dry vanilla and cedary flavors, and this bottle was much better than the last bottle I had had. There were also great leather flavors and a touch of what I call 'Spanish egg.' The Rioja held its own amongst its more distinguished counterparts
(Lopez de Heredia Vina Bosconia Gran Reserva) The first wine had a great nose that was deep and meaty with traces of caramel, carob, earth, tobacco, iron and rust. It got metallic quickly, but there was still hickory and gravel, prompting Jim to wonder if it was a Graves, but Ray was all over Spain and .old Rioja.. The wine held on the palate well and was sturdy and leathery with flavors of tobacco and chocolate. It was a good showing
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