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Lopez De Heredia Vina Bosconia Reserva 2011

13.50% /
750ml /
Vintage: 2011
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  • JS 95
  • JCR 17/20
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The Lopez de Heredia Vina Bosconia Reserva 2011, a masterpiece born from a vintage officially rated as VERY GOOD. This year, nature’s benevolence was evident, gracing the vineyards with abundant spring rains followed by a mild and dry summer. These conditions birthed a harvest of superior quality though slightly less in volume compared to its predecessors. The harvest commenced in early October, culminating a cycle of nurturing and patience.

In the glass, this wine enchants with a deep ruby hue tinged with delicate shades of orange, a testament to its graceful evolution. The nose beckons with persistence and maturity, predominantly expressing the essence of Tempranillo. The palate is an embodiment of harmony, where roundness and smoothness merge with an invigorating freshness, revealing a full-bodied character that lingers.

Crafted from a blend of Tempranillo (80%), Garnacho (15%), Mazuelo, and Graciano, sourced exclusively from their own vineyards, this wine has undergone a meticulous aging journey. Five years of maturation in barrels, during which it was twice racked and gently fined with fresh egg whites, have imbued it with depth and complexity. Subsequently, further aging in the bottle, without filtration, imparts a unique identity.

Earning 95 points from James Suckling, it’s hailed as a Rioja with intricate layers, offering savory plums, mushrooms, bark, orange peel, and cedar. Its juicy, zesty palate is a testament to its freshness, abounding in berries and citrus. A mouthwatering finish evokes tradition, offering the choice to enjoy now or cellar. Robert Parker bestows 92 points, highlighting its mellowness and integrated acidity, the result of meticulous aging in century-old oak vats and used American oak barrels. This 2011 vintage, bottled in May 2018, captures the essence of its terroir and craftsmanship, inviting connoisseurs to savor the culmination of a journey through time.

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Weight 3.5 lbs

Reviews (75)

75 reviews for Lopez De Heredia Vina Bosconia Reserva 2011

  1. Kristopher Wyckoff

    Review: Bosconia Tempranillo is a superb wine with a great nose of red cherry, spices, and fresh moss. It starts simple but needs an hour to bring the fruit to the front. On the palate, it’s fresh and dense with an integrated tannin and oak, giving a long finish. Ideal between 2024 and 2034+.

  2. Julia Bradley

    “Smooth tannins, great acidity and never disappoints. Notes of leather, matured fruit and tobacco.”

  3. Byron Latigo

    Needs air to open up. Intoxicating nose of cherry, oak, forest floor, vanilla. Great QPR.

  4. Richard Metivier

    “Age it longer before opening.”

  5. Barbara Raines

    This Spanish wine is loved by critics and consumers for its high quality and affordable price. Aged 10 years and rated at least 92 pts by many critics, it boasts strong aromas of blackberry, cedar, and flowers. The taste is fruity with a mix of milk chocolate and tangy acidity. It still needs to be decanted for an hour despite being twelve years old.

  6. Anne Link

    Great balance of resolved tannins and lively acidity. Enjoy now or save for a few more years.

  7. Eleanor Shaw

    Smooth tannins, brownish hue, very good.

  8. David Morgan

    Intensely fruity with red and dark berries, dried fruit, and a hint of spice and vanilla. Light and acidic on the palate with good length. Becomes round and pleasantly acidic with hints of tobacco, licorice, and herbs after airing.

  9. Latonia Lee

    Great vintage, dark color, fresh nose, balanced. Ready to drink now.

  10. Dana Starling

    Cherry and oak scents. Light-medium body, red fruits, subtle tannins, lively acidity. Persistent fruit flavor. 90-91. (***)

  11. Carmen Harrell

    Day 1: Traditional Rioja aromas with dried fruit and spicy oak. Good concentration and acidity.
    Day 2: Fruit collapses quickly, wine becomes tired and flabby. Possible cork taint. Bosconia 2010 is better.

  12. Timothy Bernstein

    Dark garnet colour with aromatic nose of hickory smoke, dill, toast, cranberry, mushroom and cocoa beef. Flavourful palate with rounding tannins and lively acidity, great minerality and length. 4.5/5.

  13. Nicholas Perez

    Intense forest floor and oak notes with fresh red fruit. Well-balanced acidity and smooth tannins. Perfect for Rioja exploration.

  14. Charley Hairston

    “30-min decant, and this wine sings with dark cherry and fennel notes. Juicy upfront fruit with substantial undertones. Must buy a case, love Bosconia over Tondonia.”

  15. David Swan

    2010 Bosconia: Sweeter than previous vintages, unbalanced. Decant to get signature boletus notes. High acidity, med cherry finish.

  16. Joe Yu

    Balanced and delicious, with pure fruit, good acidity and unobtrusive tannins. Hints of vanilla, tobacco, and spices. Drink or keep. 91-93.

  17. Rita Patry

    Elegant, Burgundian style with ripe cherry fruit, succulent acidity, silky texture, earthy finish, mineral & spice notes. Great summer red. Tasted at Chateau.

  18. Daniel Lacy

    Great ‘go-to’ Rioja with cherry, tobacco, oak, and plum notes. Fruity, soft, smooth, and silky. Check out previous vintage ratings. BftB👍

  19. Bonnie Garmon

    Bosconia 2011-2002 vertical blend is a sophisticated, harmonious vintage with dry, acid-driven character and subtle bitterness. It shows great potential for future development and is a terrific purchase at approx. 24€.

  20. Derrick Johnson

    A blend of Tempranillo (80%), Garnacha (15%), Mazuelo and Graciano, the grapes sourced from the El Bosque vineyard. Fermented spontaneously in old and very large oak fermenters, aged for 5 years in barrels and then for a further 3 years in bottles before release. 13,5% alcohol, 2 g/l residual sugar and 6,8 g/l acidity. Tasted in a Bosconia 2011-2002 vertical., The wine looks almost identical to the 2011 vintage, only with a subtly more evolved, slightly rusty hue. The nose feels ripe and dark-toned with vibrant aromas of sweet black cherries and juicy figs, some plummy tones, a little bit of old leather, light floral nuances, a hint of clove-driven spice and a woody touch of old oak. The wine feels juicy and silky on the palate – perhaps coming across as slightly lighter and more airy than the 2011 – with a medium body and quite expressive flavors of ripe lingonberries and fresh cranberries, some sour cherry bitterness, a little bit of crunchy red plum, light woody notes of old oak spice, a hint sanguine hint of iron and a touch of chokeberry juice. The overall feel is firm and balanced, thanks to the high acidity and somewhat grippy medium-plus tannins. The finish is dry, long and moderately grippy with a savory aftertaste of tart lingonberries and ripe red plums, some leathery tones, a little bit of old woody oak, light cranberry nuances, a hint of sour cherry bitterness and a touch of blood., It feels as though this vintage was a bit more ripe than the 2011, but the ripeness here didn’t really translate into more concentration or sense of weight – on the contrary, this vintage felt slightly lighter and more delicate compared to the 2011, the ripeness just making the wine feel a bit more open and expressive, shifting the fruit profile slightly towards the darker end of the spectrum. I guess 2010 is more about finesse and structure, whereas 2011 is more about depth and substance. At the moment 2010 feels slightly more impressive when compared side-by-side with 2011, but it might change with age – despite its structure, I get the feel that the 2011 vintage might be packing more stuff to go for the really long run. And even if the wine is drinking really well right now, I’m quite positive it will do nothing but get better over the next decade or so. Bosconia might be the most , Burgundian, wine in the RLdH lineup, but in our vertical tasting this vintage was definitely one of the most “Burgundian” vintages of Bosconia. Terrific stuff and superb value at approx. 24€.

  21. Ralph Meldrum

    Nose: Anise, floral, cherry, cedar, Forrest floor. Palate: Red fruit, mouth feel, structured tannins.

  22. Justin Ryals

    Dark brickish red wine with a translucent purple rim. Intense dark cherries, liquorice, vanilla, and some dustiness on the nose. Balanced acidity with notes of underripe plums, cherries, and mushrooms on the finish. Tannins are fine and not astringent. Over 3 hours, acidity develops a balsamic savory character with tannins getting round and a spiced finish coming through.

  23. Kelvin Holmes

    Elegant with engaging textures, mildly floral with blackberries. Good now with upside, more accessible than 2009 Tondonia.

  24. Marco Colony

    Medium ruby color with hints of maturity on the edge. Delicate and pure fruit with aromatic maturity. Dried raspberries, strawberries, green herbs, dark tea, and dried tobacco. Rounded tannins with good freshness and long finish.

  25. Denise Blanchard

    Excellent wine with a promising future.

  26. Tammy Kelly

    Fresh, fruity, and bright with a touch of oak and tobacco. Long finish with hints of pipe tobacco and wood smoke.

  27. Marjorie Lomonaco

    Flavors of strawberry, vanilla, raisin with no tannins. Light and refreshing.

  28. Elinor Ralph

    Good value, typical Heredia flavors, wait for American oak to mellow.

  29. Joseph Reynoso

    Superb Bosconia with a well-balanced acidity, noticeable aging but not overpowering, present tannins without being aggressive, and a strong finish. My best Bosconia to date.

  30. Jessie Goodin

    Firm at first, softened after decanting for 3 hours. Hold for a few more years for its full potential.

  31. Adam Brink

    Classic LdH red Rioja nose with flavors of dried coconut and prune. Medium-bodied with a finessed texture and well-integrated acid spine.

  32. Luis Tanner

    Saturated garnet red with noticeable acidity upfront, a tad thin, dusty tannins and leather. Needs a good swirl to come to life.

  33. Patty Butcher

    Aromatically superior to Tondonia 2010. Layered red and blue fruits with a refreshing finish. Requires 3-4 hrs aeration. Great value at 24 Euros.

  34. Jennifer Noto

    Classic Rioja, well-structured and delicious.

  35. Bob Gardiner

    Vinnørd Holte: Excellent wine.

  36. Elizabeth Archut

    Complex and thrilling, heavier than other Lopez wines. Decant for 2 hours and age for 3-10 years for peak enjoyment. Classic Lopez finish.

  37. Jeannette Baker

    Young with notable acidity, red fruit, blueberry, dill, tobacco, spices, cinnamon, vanilla, and light smoke. Consistent over three days. Drink from 2028.

  38. Oliver Davis

    Great vintage, fresh briar, berry cherry, and earth flavors. Balanced acidity and a hint of oak. Tastes like a 4-yr-old wine despite being 12. Crazy good!

  39. Michelle Fulvio

    Bright and acidic with concentrated forest fruits, this wine has a distinctive taste. Though not as delicious as the Tondonia, it has a fruity and refreshing finish.

  40. Mozelle Carr

    Silky tannins, bright acidity, and a real explosion of intense red fruit. Good freshness. Seems fully resolved and at peak. BTG at Hawksmoor, Borough.

  41. Jerome Woodward

    Disappointing wine at Progress in Springfield, Mo. Overpowered by American oak, hard to discern fruit even after breathing for an hour and open for two hours. Should have asked for a decanter.

  42. Janine Curley

    Drinkable now, but better with time.

  43. Thomas Currin

    Improved vintage with rich and lovely taste, slight sulfur notes on day 3.

  44. Tom Holm

    Prominent vanilla on the nose, elegant dark red fruits, and a Burgundian reputation. Drink now, no rush.

  45. George Garoutte

    Decanted for an hour, no formal notes. Nice aroma and flavour with a big body. Requires aging for a few years.

  46. Christina Valadez

    Silky Bosconia: earthy cherry, good acidity, smooth feel. Lightweight. $85 at Rania.

  47. Brittany Maley

    Promising, but needs time. Pronounced acidity will mellow with age.

  48. Nilda Eggert

    Bosconia has tart acidity and a hint of VA, while Tondonia has prominent American oak notes. Bosconia is preferable for now, but Tondonia will improve over time.

  49. Helen Aquino

    Aromas of leather, cigar box, and mushrooms. Tannins still drying after 3 days. Hold for a few years, needs food.

  50. Nancy Wilson

    Exuberant and fruity fragrance. Delightful, though not very complex.

  51. Todd Grigsby

    Dark berries, earthy notes and mild oak with smooth tannins. Long finish.

  52. Chance Dalton

    Youthful, balanced, and with supple red fruit. Needs cellar time for complexity. Oak not dominant. Best to bury for several years.

  53. Patrick Cunningham

    Agree with RIESLINGFAN.

  54. Julie Miller

    Review: Too much funk and brett. Old world style, not my preference.

  55. Mallory Carroll

    Unimpressed with this wine’s high rating, especially compared to the amazing Tondonia from 2010. Overwhelming acidity masked the fruit, with minimal oak. No improvement after 5 hours or overnight in the fridge. No rating given.

  56. Evelyn Little

    Intense nose with roses, sour cherry, cinnamon, and vanilla hints. Concentrated and balanced taste with integrated oak. Fruit-driven with sour cherry and red berry notes, refreshing finish, and lingonberry aftertaste. 88p.

  57. Nancy Frost

    Soft oak, huge CdP-esque perfume, never a miss.

  58. Cheryl Sims

    Ruby-colored with red rim. Medium acidity and body. Notes of cherries, raspberries, oak, vanilla, spices, cola, and earth. Dry with complex taste. Fine-grained tannins and pomegranates. Needs 3 hrs to open up. Robert Parker 94. Paired well with Prosciutto. $40.

  59. Mark Burns

    Aromatically profound with notes of oak, truffles, orange zest, and cherry tomatoes. Savory and tangy. Oak could integrate more and tannins are still a bit chewy, but ready to drink and improving.

  60. Gregory Morales

    Aroma: Cooked pasta, fresh bread, vanilla, smoked cedar wood, black/red cherries, raspberries. Palate: Consistent with aroma, mostly black cherries. Finish: Very oaky, with lots of vanilla. Medium+ body, acid, and tannin. Enjoyable now, but can age 5-10 years for tertiary notes.

  61. Teresa Murrietta

    Plum, cherry, forest floor, light oak/vanilla. Less oak and lighter than many Riojas, but still fresh for a 13-year-old. Great with meat.

  62. Judith Hunt

    Sour cherry, medium body, with wood and leather notes. Mild tannins. Acidic with a bitter finish. Not complex or interesting, but better with food and after being opened for a few hours. Vinegar after a day or two.

  63. William Ashpole

    Pleasant aroma, lacks depth.

  64. Robert Nelson

    “Smooth with red fruits and herbs, but lacked depth compared to better vintages.”

  65. Colleen Penaloza

    Great wine, needs air, best drinking window now, earthy tones, good price.

  66. Dora Jarvis

    Good wine, slightly more acidic and thin compared to the 2007. Possible early harvesting, but still very good.

  67. Alberta Colwell

    Tondonia 2007 is a lighter and less powerful wine with cherry, herbs, and sweet notes. It has a long finish and lighter tannins.

  68. Letty German

    Dark red with plum, red jam and vanilla aroma. Tart and young fruit taste with a hint of blackcurrant. Dry finish. Enjoyed at Hawksmoore restaurant in London.

  69. Richard Rodriquez

    Flavors of dried fruit, oak, and spices with smooth tannins and a long spicy finish. Decant for 30 minutes. Drink now or store for up to 5 years.

  70. Scott Ramos

    Classic 90. Toasted nose with hints of coconut and lactose. Marked acidity, good red fruit. Ages well, wait 5 years.

  71. Cynthia Molina

    Balanced Rioja with sweet tobacco, leather, and fruity notes. Long-lasting taste.

  72. Richard Ledbetter

    Rich and tobacco sweet with a good acid backbone. Highly enjoyable over three nights.

  73. Stephen Smith

    Confusing at first, but improved after being frozen. A restrained nose and palate, but elegant and great with food. Needs a few more years to be its best. Not as good as Vina Ardanza ’15.

  74. Anthony Demarco

    Tradition meets modernity in a pleasing but not extraordinary vintage. Enjoyable.

  75. Martin Mcneill

    Clear garnett color with golden edges. Cherry and red fruit scent. Tasted with oak and complexity, but overwhelmed with acidity, mainly tart cherry.

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Critical Acclaim

WA 92
Wine Advocate
2011 was a warmer and riper year, but there's not a huge difference between the 2011 Viña Bosconia Reserva and the 2010; this is perhaps mellower, with more integrated acidity. It's 13.5% alcohol with a pH of 3.3 and 6.7 grams of acidity measured in tartaric acid per liter, and it fermented in the 144-year-old oak vats and matured in used American oak barrels for five years. 88,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in May 2018.
JS 95
James Suckling
A very complex, aged Rioja with savory plums, mushrooms, bark, red earth, orange peel and cedar. Quite juicy, fresh and bright on the palate with a tangy, zesty palate, full of berries and oranges. Firm, long and complex with a mouthwatering finish. Such a traditional taste! Drink now or hold.
JCR 17/20
Jancis Robinson
Really focused and fine, with a future ahead of it.

What does Lopez De Heredia Vina Bosconia Reserva 2011 taste like?


leather, earthy, mushroom

cherry, raspberry, red fruit

oak, tobacco, vanilla

apple, green apple, peach

blackberry, plum, dark fruit

pepper, licorice, cinnamon

citrus, lemon, grapefruit

cheese, cream, oil

tomato, grass, rhubarb

raisin, fig, prune

tropical, pineapple, tamarind

violet, lavender, potpourri

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Winemaker of Lopez De Heredia Vina Bosconia Reserva 2011

Mercedes López de Heredia

Mercedes López de Heredia, a custodian of tradition in Rioja winemaking. As the fourth-generation winemaker at López de Heredia, she upholds a legacy dating back 135 years. While contemporary trends sway towards modern styles, Mercedes steadfastly cultivates wines in the time-honored manner of her forebears. Amidst the atmospheric cellars, where history and aroma intertwine, her dedication to crafting exquisite, enduring wines remains unwavering. With a delicate balance of heritage and innovation, Mercedes ensures that each sip of López de Heredia wine encapsulates not just the flavors of the past, but the promise of an ever-evolving future.
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