La Rioja Alta, "Gran Reserva" 904

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THE RECENT PICK

La Rioja Alta, "Gran Reserva" 904

Made In Only Outstanding Vintages!
"A great wine." James Suckling

"This is the most inviting kind of Rioja, melding its oak scents and delicate maturity of fruit into elegance." Wine & Spirit

Made in only exceptional vintages, the 2009 La Rioja Alta, Gran Reserva 904 spends 3 years in oak and 2 years in bottle before release. It is intentionally held back allowing it to evolve at the winery.

"This is my favorite wine from the portfolio, where the balance between aging and youth reaches its highest point." The Wine Advocate

What do we love about this wine?

With old vines dating back to 1904 - thus the "904" reference - this Tempranillo is amazingly aromatic. Reaching deep into the soil, the vines extract terrific terroir notes of balsamic, oak-spice, cinnamon, vanilla, powdered dark chocolate, tobacco leaf, and a background of undergrowth that lead to stewed red fruit and cherry liqueur.

Great texture, balanced fruit and grippy tannins. It is outstandingly long and unbelievably inviting!

"A wine for cellar, but why wait?" James Suckling

By the way... if you missed our 1st Spanish stunner of few weeks ago, the 2010 Muga Prada Enea, you can still purchase that wine here.

$59.95 per bottle / $719.40 per case

Summary


JAMES SUCKLING

97 / 100

#8 SPANISH WINE OF 2018

"This is a driven and super tight Gran Reserva with dark berries and hints of spice and cedar. A spicy red-pepper undertone and some dried flowers. Full to medium body, integrated tannins and a superb finish. A great wine. Available in September 2018. A wine for the cellar, but why wait?"

TIM ATKINS

96 / 100

"Reflecting the excellence of the vintage as well as its power,this is the latest in a superb run of 904 Gran Reservas. Combining Tempranillo with 10% Graciano for added backbone and grip,it's a wine that is (as ever) supremely drinkable on release, but will reward further cellaring. Spicy, aromatic and enticing, with the vanilla sweetness of American oak, savoury tannins and a core of stylish, balsamic-edged fruit. Traditional Rioja with a modern accent."

WINE ADVOCATE

95+ / 100

"...This super classical cuvee showcases the wines from Haro, silky and elegant after long aging in oak and a good future in bottle. 2009 was a powerful vintage, ripe but with good balance. The blend is approximately 90% Tempranillo and 10% Graciano, fermented in stainless steel with a 78-day natural malolactic. The aging was in four-year-old American oak barrels crafted by their own coopers; the wines aged from April 2010 until April 2014. During that time, the wine was racked every six months, to be finally bottled in November 2014. This is usually my favorite wine from the portfolio, where the balance between aging and youth reaches its highest point. It's developed but it keeps some fruit character, plenty of spices and balsamic aromas. The palate is polished but has some clout, with clean, focused flavors and a long, spicy and tasty finish. This represents good value for the quality it delivers."


Product Details


Producer: La Rioja Alta

Country: Spain

Region: Rioja

Sub Region: Others

Varietal: Tempranillo

Vintage: 2009

Size: 750ml

Code: W5200-1-1