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...
- 98 James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
- 95 Wine Spectator
98 James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
"The aromas to this are stunning with dried strawberry, stone and fresh mushroom. Full body and very tight with incredible depth and structure. It goes on for minutes. One of the greatest ever? The new 1964? Available January 2018."
95 Wine Spectator
Ranked as the #4 Wine of the Year from the Wine Spectator for 2018! "La Rioja Alta, led today by president Guillermo de Aranzabal, was founded in 1890, a year that gives name to the winery’s top cuvée, made only in the best vintages. An estate blend of 95 percent Tempranillo, with Mazuelo and Graciano making up the balance, the 890 Gran Reserva 2005 was aged six years in American oak barrels, made at the winery’s own cooperage, and racked by hand under candlelight 10 times along the way. Bottled in 2012 and released six years later, the 2005 is a textbook example of Rioja’s traditional style and an affirmation of an approach to great wine that requires a significant investment of time and labor. Cedar and sandalwood aromas give way to flavors of tea, tobacco, dried cherry, forest floor and orange peel in this expressive red. Round on the palate, supported by muscular tannins and juicy acidity. Big but graceful, mature yet lively, in the traditional style. Drink now through 2030.- Thomas Matthews"
"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
98 - James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
95 - Wine Spectator
|Varietal(s)||Tempranillo / Tinto Fino / Tinta Roriz, Mazuelo|
|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|