Super fine. Bright cherry but so clean and fresh. As Andy notes the balance is just wonderful, hand in hand. Mouthwatering. "The acidity dominates the finish, like its balsamic vinegar" and this is meant in a good way. This one is smooth as silk.
En nariz se muestra limpio y abierto. Inicialmente sobresalen una amplia gama de aromas de maderas exóticas, duelas envinadas, cremosos y una expléndida nota térrea de fondo. Hay una enorme cantidad de fruta roja muy madura, cereza en licor, endrinas. Al airearse se abre y comienza a mostra aromas finos de chocolate dulce, cacao en polvo, torrefactos. Muy potente, seductor, sin guardarse nada. Sigue expresándose, a ratos saca notas de cuadra, cuero, ebanistería y suaves balsámicos.
En boca es de medio cuerpo, ligero, seco, fresco, de entrada fina y elegante, con unos taninos pulidos y algo dulces pero dotados de enorme potencial. Conjunto muy serio, complejo y de gran clasicismo. Un tinto como los de antes, pura clase y con una acidez que a ratos resulta hasta excesiva. Supura vida por el cuello de la botella exigiendo que lo dejen descansar unos años. ¿Dónde se puede encontrar una botella más?
I love traditional style aged Rioja and also this producer, but I couldn't bring myself to enjoy this wine. It is simply faded and void of life, with a water-like mouthfeel and only acid, but no fruit, on the palate. I believe the bottle is flawed.
Medium red, faded edges. Fabulous nose, complex and almost indescribable. A touch of VA, graphite, and black fruit in a delicate package with fierce acidity. I will try the rest of this bottle tomorrow. On the first night, the aromatics are far ahead of the palate impression, which is somewhat severe and dominated by the strong acidity. I bet this will soften beautifully, but we'll find out tomorrow.
And after a night in the refrigerator-Now more VA shows and gives the wine a very Italianate profile. For a moment, the fruit seems warmer and more generous, but this is fleeting. What really happens is that the wine seems thinner, more astringent, and overwhelmed by prickly VA. I never expect Lopez de Heredia to be big wine, but this takes leanness to an uncacceptable level. Bottle or bad vintage for this reliable wine? And then, at the very end, some nicer, spicy strawberries poked through. OK, I'll admit it-I'm confused about this one, but wouldn't rush to buy or taste another bottle.
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(R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Bosconia) Bricked medium dark red violet color with pale meniscus; lovely, smoky, lamb jus, dried berry, dried cherry nose; tasty, mature, dried berry, meat jus palate with medium acidity; long finish
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