Acker BYO 2011 (Tribeca Grill): Brought by Matt N. Bright strawberry on the nose, with more fruit restrained but lurking underneath. Also some stones, creamy and earthy. Not as focused and I would prefer, but excellent. A little sherry on the palate, stones and minerals. solid acid, really precise. Clearly an acid-based wine. Very perfumed. Long long finish. Stones and strawberries. Nose - 5/6, Palate - 5.5/6, Finish - 6/6, Je Ne Sais Quoi - 2/2 = 18.5/20.
Old School Rioja on Cinco de Mayo. (Il Corso): Bill wasn't feeling well and canceled at the last minute, but generously sent this bottle along. I was curious to try it as while I've had the '78 Tondonia a number of times, never a favorite of mine, I can't recall having had the Bosconia. Thankfully, it lacks the dead Mr. Ed character I always find in the Tondonia. That said, while pleasant, there are no fireworks here. Fairly straightforward earth, leather and cherry flavors and aromas with a bit of coconut. The acidity is just a touch high. Simple and not going to get any better, imo. B/B+.
Huge dungy nose - barnyard and stinky. Similar on palate - dungy, but nice plummy fruit shows as well. Lots of secondary and some tertiary aspects. Minerals and stones show through on the end-palate and finish. Nose - 5/6, Palate - 5/6, Finish - 5/6, Je Ne Sais Quoi - 1/2 = 16/20.
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(Lopez de Heredia Vina Bosconia Rioja Gran Reserva) This showed a youthful yet aged quality that a middle aged Lopez has. There was definite raspberry and other dark red fruits on the nose along with chestnut, forest floor and a wet stoney minerality. Burgundian to say the least. The palate had tremendous concentration and purity. Pinpoint, precise acidity and a lovely elegant, pure and filigreed palate. A treat and a great bottle of Spain's answer to Burgundy.
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