Bright ruby at the center and brick at the rim. Lovely, lovely developing nose that marries bright yet deep cherry and raspberry fruit aromas with very prominent notes of fresh and dried flowers. Beneath that are mature notes of cigar box, leather, anise, mushroom, smoked meat, and forest floor, as well as some baking spice and toast from the years in oak. So elegant and fine—entrancing stuff. Extremely complex. Every time you go back to it, there’s something different. More of the same on the palate. Incredible intensity of flavor yet lightfooted with a lithe, silky texture. All the fruity, savory, spicy, and earthy flavors are in perfect balance, with great fresh acid brightening the whole thing up and a fine-textured dusting of tannin. Reverberant peacock-tail finish that goes on and on.
An amazing bottle, even more so considering the cost. I can’t think of another style of wine that could provide this kind of experience in complexity and quality, keeping in mind the age component, for this price, other than traditional Rioja. All things considered, one of my wines of the year. It’s drinking gorgeously right now (obviously), but I’m sure it will continue to evolve and take many more delicious forms before its time is done many years from now.
Nice nose of wet earth/stone (almost like a humid basement), wet clay, soft red fruits. Soft palate of nice blackberries, black pepper, hints of strawberries, red currants, licorice, hints of red tabasco. Overall a very nice wine, everything nicely, and tightly, integrated. Some nice acidity leading into a medium long finish. Mmm, this gets more delicious with time in the glass. A very solid and serious wine at a very very reasonable price. Not a new world fruit bomb. This has those nice secondary mushroom and earth characteristics of an aged old world wine. Still a bit tight. This will develop nicely over the next 5-10 years I predict.
Tasetd alongside the 2003. The 2002 initally definitely more evolved but came together nicely with some air. Smooth as silk, refined and classy. Juicy acidity. Excellent and very healthy. Drink or hold.
Wonderful cedar box aromas, dill and still-present warm red fruit. Medium acidity forms a nice backbone with medium-bodied fruit showing its age well. Silky tannins roll off the tongue to a medium length finish. Wonder how my other bottle will taste in a few years?
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(R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Bosconia) Bricking medium red color with pale meniscus; nice, mature, focused, red berry, oak spice nose; tasty, red berry, oak spice palate; medium-plus finish 91+ points (5 years in barrel)
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