2007 La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva Rioja '904'Blend from Spain
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"Tempranillo (90%) and Graciano (10%) from vines over 60 years old in vineyards in Briñas, Labastida and Villalba. Batches were selected and allowed to complete malolactic fer...
- 97 James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
- 95 Luis Gutierrez - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
- 95 Tim Atkin, MW
97 James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
"Wonderful purity of fruit with a strawberry, currant and plum character. Full and velvety body with ultra-fine tannins and a delicious fresh and fruity finish. Classic Rioja style. Que lindo! Drink now."
95 Luis Gutierrez - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"If Viña Ardanza seems to be going fast, the Gran Reserva 904 is even faster and we're now on the 2007 Gran Reserva 904. This wants to be the classic Gran Reserva--polished, silky and elegant, with aging potential. It is a blend of Tempranillo with 10% Mazuelo aged for four years in well-seasoned American oak barrels, with eight manual rackings. I found that the freshness of the vintage and its relatively young age gave the wine a youngish character that I loved, combining developed notes of meat, spices, leather and balsam with almost cherry-like aromas. The palate feels balanced and elegant, with fine-grained and fully resolved tannins and great acidity. This vintage of 904 surprised me! 150,000 bottles produced.
La Rioja Alta is not resting on their laurels, as they are investing nine million Euros in improving their vineyards and winery, including an optical sorting table. Vintages seem to be going fast and if the last time (16 months ago) I reviewed the 2001 vintage from their top wine, they are already showing the 2004."
95 Tim Atkin, MW
"There was no 904 in 2006, but this blend of Tempranillo with 10% Graciano from 20 parcels in the Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa is back with a vengeance. Polished, traditional, American oak-aged Rioja with gamey sweetness, tangy acidity, filigree tannins and impressive palate length. 2017-28."
"Tempranillo (90%) and Graciano (10%) from vines over 60 years old in vineyards in Briñas, Labastida and Villalba. Batches were selected and allowed to complete malolactic fermentation naturally over 98 days. In April 2008, the wine was transferred to 4-year-old American oak barrels (made in-house), where it stayed until April 2012. During ageing, the wine was racked every six months using traditional barrel-to-barrel methods. The final blend was bottled in November 2012." -Winery
97 - James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
95 - Luis Gutierrez - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
95 - Tim Atkin, MW
|Varietal(s)||Tempranillo / Tinto Fino / Tinta Roriz, Graciano|
|Taste||berry , cherry , plum , earth , leather , herb, black berry, black cherry, tobacco and tar|
|Nose||berry , cherry , plum , earth , leather , herb, black berry, black cherry, tobacco, tar and flower|