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2005 La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 890Blend from Spain

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"Ruby-red with an incipient brick rim. Classic aroma. Intense, with notes of cured leather, stewed plums and raisins, tobacco and sweet spices, vanilla and dark chocolate. Eleg...

  • 94 Luis Gutierrez - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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About

94

The top of the range is only produced three or four times per decade, and the current vintage is the 2005 Gran Reserva 890, which refers to the year, 1890, when the winery was created. It all starts by selecting grapes from their oldest vineyards (over 40 years old), harvested into 350-kilogram cases that are transported in refrigerated trucks to the winery, an improvement implemented in 2005. 2005 was an excellent vintage, and this 890 might challenge the exceptional 904 released some four years ago. Here the Tempranillo is complemented by 3% Graciano and 2% Mazuelo, fermented with indigenous yeasts and aged in 199 oak barrels for six years with ten rackings. It's a very balanced and polished classical Rioja with moderate alcohol (13.5%) and good acidity (6.1 grams of tartaric); it also has a silky texture, resolved tannins and a very pleasant mouthfeel. It has complexity but is a little closed, and it feels a little evolved, at times even a little tired. The fruit feels quite ripe, with some liquor notes. The palate is polished, with fully resolved tannins and fine acidity. It was bottled unfiltered in March 2012. 57,036 bottles and 1,312 magnums were produced. 2001, 2004 and 2005 are the only 890s in the decade. The next one will be the 2010.

Product Description:

"Ruby-red with an incipient brick rim. Classic aroma. Intense, with notes of cured leather, stewed plums and raisins, tobacco and sweet spices, vanilla and dark chocolate. Elegant, mature, complex mouthfeel. Outstanding structure and well-balanced acidity with silky tannins. Its classic Rioja bouquet stands out, big, complex and round, with an elegant finish.." - Winery

Product Detail

Item # 110486
Country Spain
Region La Rioja
Sub-Region Rioja
Ratings

94 - Luis Gutierrez - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Vintage 2005
Color Red
ABV 13.5%
Varietal(s) Tempranillo / Tinto Fino / Tinta Roriz, Mazuelo
Size 750mL
Closure Cork
Features
Taste berry , cherry , plum , earth , leather , herb, cherry, strawberry, raspberry, licorice and anise
Nose berry , cherry , plum , earth , leather , herb, violet, rose petal, oak, smoke and mushroom