• La Rioja Alta 904 Gran Reserva Rioja 2004 - 1,500ml

    La Rioja Alta 904 Gran Reserva Rioja 2004 - 1,500ml

    Sale $109.97

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    Robert Parker, Jr.-The Wine Advocate:  "The 2004 Gran Reserva 904 is Tempranillo from Brinas, Labastida and Villalba balanced with 10% Graciano from Briones and Rodezno. The grapes were fermented and macerated in inox vats for 14 days at 28º C, and malolactic fermentation lasted 28 days. The wine aged for 4 years in used American oak barrels averaging 4 years old, during which time it was manually racked 8 times. 150,000 bottles were filled. This 2004, from a superb vintage shows a beautiful light red color with a brick rim and a superb nose redolent of balsamic woods, spices, leather, well-hung meat, incense and truffles. The light to medium-bodied palate shows fully resolved tannins, great acidity and pure, pungent flavors that linger in the mouth forever and that can only be Rioja. This is a wine to smell over and over again. It might sound like an exaggeration, but this wine is still too young and you should wait a little bit and drink the superb 2001 vintage which should still be available on the market while this one matures in bottle. At this quality level the price is superb especially considering that the wine is being released 10 years after the vintage. Drink 2016-2024.

    La Rioja Alta has tremendously improved its wines in the last few years while keeping faithful to the most classical style. They have always been hugely popular in Spain, but they seem to be selling their wines faster and don’t produce every cuvee in every vintage and as a result had very few new wines to show. Vina Ardanza jumped from 2001 to 2004, and the next vintage will be 2005. Followers of traditional Rioja are very lucky as both the 904 as the 890 coming on the market are from great vintages and are superb." Dec 2013

    Winery:  "This wine is made only in the best vintages and achieves great aromatic complexity and good structure in the mouth. The D.O.Ca. Rioja Control Board awarded this vintage an "Excellent" rating.

    Bright, deep cherry-red in colour, with a light brick rim. Intense, elegant and complex aromas, with outstanding balsamic, vanilla, coconut, chocolate and truffle wrapped around a core of candied fruit. Well-balanced in the mouth, with elegant acidity and fine, silky, enveloping tannins. A long and complex finish, with hints of roasted coffee, spices, and candied fruit. A wine that continues to evolve and develop even more finesse and elegance in bottle during the passage of time."

    Bottle:  1,5000ml, cork
    Varietal:  90% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano
    Alcohol:  13.0%
    Aging:   50 months in 4-year-old American oak barrels; 78 months further refining in bottle!!
    Region:  Rioja, Spain