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Rioja Gran Reserva 904 by La Rioja Alta 2005

Rioja Gran Reserva 904

by La Rioja Alta 2005

Producer : La Rioja Alta

Region : Rioja (Spain), Spain (Spain)

Bottle Per Case : 6 x 750 ml

Food Pairing : Breads, Cured Meat, Hard Cheese, Red Meat, Roasted Vegetables

Tasting Notes

"The 2005 Gran Reserva 904 is a superb blend of Tempranillo from the villages of Briñas, Labastida and Villalba with 10% Graciano from Briones and Rodezno. The grapes were destemmed and crushed and fermented in stainless steel for 18 days at 25 C. Malolactic fermentation was spontaneous and lasted 38 days. These wines are marked by a long aging in used American oak barrels following the most strict Riojan tradition; four years during which time the wine was manually racked eight times. This is usually my favorite wine from La Rioja Alta and 2005 is one of its best showings, going back to the quality of the vintages of the 1950s and 60s. The nose is very balsamic with notes of camphor, hints of mint, leather and hung game wrapped around a core of cherries in liqueur. Together it is balanced, subtle, truly elegant and classical. The palate is only medium-bodied but with great concentration of flavors that are very tasty, mineral, almost salty and framed by ultra-fine tannins and smashing balance. A great classic. This wine will be released in October 2015, a full ten years after the vintage. At this quality level this is a bargain."

96 points - Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate, April 2015

96 points / Wine of the Year 2016 - Wine Enthusiast 2016


Bottles Per Case 6 Pack
Bottle Size 750 ml
Producer La Rioja Alta
Region Rioja (Spain), Spain (Spain)
Alcohol 13.5% alc. / vol.
Style Warm and spicy reds
Vintage 2005
Farming Method Sustainable
Grapes 10% Graciano, 90% Tempranillo
Food Pairing Breads, Cured Meat, Hard Cheese, Red Meat, Roasted Vegetables
Descriptors Earthy, Floral, Mineral
Wine Type Red
Wood Presence Oaked
Body Medium
Price of Case $534.00

The Producer

La Rioja Alta

La Rioja Alta is one of the most legendary and revered wineries in all of Spain. Since 1890, they have produced wines that are the epitome of traditional Rioja, and have stood the test of time. Across the board, in almost any vintage, they produce extraordinary wines of exceptional purity and complexity.

La Rioja Alta was established exactly 131 years ago. This historic winery, located in the Barrio de la Estación area in Haro was founded by five Basque and Riojan vine growers and holds the honour of having converted the name of the Rioja subzone into their brand. Few wineries anywhere in the world continue the kinds of classic practices that are still the norm here: La Rioja Alta is the embodiment of dedication and heritage.


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