La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 200175cl
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Description of La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 2001
La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 2001 (Graciano and Tempranillo)
- View: La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 2001 has a ruby red color, middle layer with red brick edges, typical of the great classics of Rioja.
- Nose: Very intense aroma, fresh, vibrant, with delicate notes of candied fruit on a balsamic background, spice, leather, coffee and chocolate mint.
- Mouth: Good structure, round and sweet tannins elegantly polished in its long aging in barrel and bottle. Wide aftertaste that gives a soft and durable taste.
VINEYARD: La Rioja Alta
GRAPES: Graciano, Tempranillo
AGING: four years in American oak barrels (average aging of 4 years) .
PREPARATION: The wine presented an ideal balance, both alcoholic and acidity with a very suitable color, perfect for long aging in barrel and bottle.
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On July 10, 1890, five Basque and Rioja-based vine growers created "Sociedad Vinicola De La Rioja Alta" in what is known as the Haro Station District. This was the beginning of a fascinating business venture in which the only dream of the five founders was to craft and age high-quality wines.More about the Winery
The 2001 Gran Reserva 904 will not be released for another 3 years. Dark ruby-colored with a garnet rim, it displays a lovely nose of Asian spices, incense, tobacco, balsamic, and blackberry. On the palate it has exceptional depth, layers of spicy black fruit, excellent ripeness, and an elegant personality. Upon release it should continue to evolve for another 5-6 years and drink well through 2040. La Rioja Alta was founded in 1890 in Haro, the capital of Rioja Alta, in close proximity to Lopez de Heredia and Marques de Riscal. The Bodega’s wines are all blends, there are no single vineyard wines, and all of the wines are produced from estate-grown grapes. During my visit in May, 2010, I had the opportunity to taste verticals of 2 of La Rioja Alta’s wines, Vina Ardanza Reserva and Gran Reserva 904. Vina Ardanza’s wines are labeled Reserva with three exceptions. In what La Rioja Alta considers the greatest years (there have been three to date, 2001, 1973, and 1964) the wine is called Reserva Especial. There are usually four vintages a decade of La Rioja Alta’s Gran Reserva 904. It is made from a blend of Tempranillo and Graciano and aged for 5 years in barrel and 5 years in bottle prior to release.View more