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La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva 904 2011

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Primary Notes: Cherry Fig Dill

Secondary Notes: Oaky

Tertiary Notes: Dried FruitTobacco

Body: Medium +

Dryness: Very Dry

Acidity:

Tannin: Medium +

Alcohol (%):

Origin: Rioja, Spain

Maker: La Rioja Alta

Grape: Tempranillo / Tinta Fino

Fermentation: Heavy Wood

Awards: >90 pts

Decanting:

Serving Temperature: Best served between 16–18 degrees.

Asian Food Pairing: Mutton Biryani, Roast meats and Char Siew, Grilled Salmon

Western Food Pairing: Pair with cottage pie, mildly spicy meat, or chocolate desserts.

Description

La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904

La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 is amongst the most famous wines of the Rioja region, produced only in the best vintages.

A vintage rated excellent! Deep cherry-red colour with a garnet rim. Intense and complex bouquet of berry jam and orange zest, which opens up to reveal underlying spicy notes of tobacco, leather, toasted wood and chocolate. A yummy, powerful and seriously smooth affair thanks to four years of cask ageing and further bottle refinement. Full-bodied with generous dried cherry and plum fruit as well as oak spice flavours, silky tannins and a lively acidity. The finish is gentle, bearing a long aftertaste of citrus and balsamic notes.

89% Tempranillo and 11% Graciano. Tempranillo from vines over 60 years old in Briñas, Rodenzo and Villalba. Graciano from La Rioja Alta’s Montecillo vineyard in the municipality of Fuenmayor.

After collection in boxes, the grapes are 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. Selected batches complete malolactic fermentation naturally over 75 days. In June 2012, the wine was transferred to four-and-a-half-year-old American oak barrels, where it stayed until March 2015. During ageing, the wine was racked 8 times using traditional barrel-to-barrel methods. The final blend was bottled in November 2016.

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14.5%
AWARDS & ACCOLADES

Lovely dried red fruit, such as plums with just a hint of prunes. Cedar, walnut and leather undertones. Full-bodied with lots of fruit, considering its age, as well as hints of smoke, tobacco, bark and black tea. Some balsamic at the finish. Traditionally styled with lovely results. Drink or hold.
- 94 POINTS
- 94 POINTS
Deep, shimmering garnet. Highly perfumed cherry, blueberry, smoked meat, coconut and floral pastille scents are complemented by a succulent herb nuance that builds as the wine opens up. Juicy and seamless on the palate, offering intense cherry-vanilla, candied rose, cola and mocha flavors sharpened by a late jolt of spiciness. Shows outstanding clarity and penetrating red fruit character on the gently tannic, impressively long, smoky finish, which leaves a repeating floral note behind. Drinking window: 2022 - 2034
-94 POINTS
- 96 POINTS
Oak and red fruit nose. The palate has mouth-watering acidity, fine-grained/well-knit tannins and notes of citrus peel, spice and baked brambles. Long finish.
- 95 POINTS