A Tasting of Aged Old World Wines (Cambridge, MA): Noble and tertiary--the wine projects a haunting and mysterious ethos--we are drawn in by vegetable stew, sherried notes, nuts, and so many hints that just refuse to be put to words. Savory and still holding lots of Tempranillo character. Spritely gravitas.
Just a perfect bottle, probably the best old Lopez Gran Reserva of my experience. Elegant, although certainly no wimp. The heavenly nose is something you fully expect, but this one follows it up with a wash of etherealised red fruit and a long, caressing finish. So very Burgundian, and a steal considering mature Burgundies this good cost twice the price. Would be fascinating to drink this beside another great 1968 Spaniard, the Vega Sicilia Unico, which by contrast resembles first growth Bordeaux.
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(R. López de Heredia Rioja Gran Reserva Viña Bosconia) Bricking light medium cherry red color with ruby lights and clear meniscus; light oily texture, truffle, dried mushroom, cigar box and hazelnut nose; tasty, sherried, dried cherry, hazelnut, cigar box and mushroom palate, with elegance and lift; medium-plus finish
(Lopez de Heredia Vina Bosconia Gran Reserva) had a super-duper fruit and nut combo in the nose, and we were feeling the older to younger trend. There were raisinet flavors, almost strawberry dipped in chocolate which I think Jim picked up on first. It was sexy, velvety, leathery, meaty and chocolaty. The palate was very meaty and great, both mature and youthful
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