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Despite water shortages during the first few months, La Rioja Alta's vines managed to attain a balanced canopy thanks to accumulated reserves. The end of the growing cycle was marked by sunny days and cool nights, a temperature gap that benefited grape ripening up to harvest. Magnificent colour component, significant polyphenol load and an outstanding condition resulted in wines that were particularly suitable for long ageing. This vintage was officially rated "Excellent".
In short, this is a classic Rioja, full of complexity with a great ageing potential - a wine for life's great moments.
|Type Of Wine:||red wine|
|Vintage:||2011 Other vintages|
|Appellation:||Rioja (La Rioja, Spain)|
|Cellar:||La Rioja Alta|
|Volume:||75cl Other volumes|
|James Suckling Score:||96|
Description of La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 2011
La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 2011 (Graciano and Tempranillo)
- View: Intense, deep cherry-red with a garnet-red rim.
- Nose: Intense and complex aromas, dominated by fruit (blackberry jam, raspberries and orange zest). Underlying spicy and balsamic notes of cedar, liquorice, cloves, chocolate mints and toasted wood.
- Mouth: Fresh and lively in the mouth, nicely balanced with polished, silky tannins and a gentle, delicate finish. Very long aftertaste, with citrus and balsamic notes that provide long, complex final sensations.
VINEYARD: La Rioja Alta
WINEMAKING: The grapes were collected in boxes and transported to the winery in refrigerated vehicles to preserve all their integrity. After destemming and light crushing, the grapes were put in tanks where they underwent alcoholic fermentation for 17 days. Batches were selected and allowed to complete malolactic fermentation naturally over 75 days.
AGEING: In June 2012, the wine was transferred to four-and-a-half-year-old American oak barrels (made in-house), where it stayed until March 2015. During ageing, the wine was racked eight times using traditional barrel-to-barrel methods. The final blend was bottled in November 2016.
WINE PAIRING: Main courses, all kinds of meats, stews and chocolate desserts. Ideal as an after-dinner drink.
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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