La Rioja Alta 2004 "890" Gran Reserva Rioja

La Rioja Alta 2004 "890" Gran Reserva Rioja - The Spanish Table

La Rioja Alta 2004 "890" Gran Reserva Rioja

La Rioja Alta is one of Spain's most venerable wineries and their 890 Gran Reserva is widely regarded as one of Spain's top wine in years that it is released.  It is only release in very select vintages, so we typically only see this 3 or 4 times a decade.

"Slightly dusty nose here showing ripe strawberries with savory and herbal undertones. Medium body, very silky tannins and a long and fruity finish. Beautiful length and finesse. The real deal. Drink now. " 94 points James Suckling

"Tea, tobacco, cedar and spice notes mingle with deeper licorice, plum and iron flavors in this savory red. The texture is supple and polished, but there's a firm tannic backbone. Focused and harmonious, in the traditional style. Drink now through 2024. " 94 points Wine Spectator

"The 2004 Gran Reserva 890 is the top of the range here, a wine that is only released three/four times per decade in exceptional years. They start by sourcing grapes from their oldest vineyards and going through a slow process of aging the wine in American oak barrels for six years, with ten manual rackings, and each time there is a selection of only the best barrels. The bottled wine is 13.5% alcohol with a remarkably low pH (3.0) that to me means 'quality' of the acidity, which is a healthy six grams per liter (in tartaric). The nose is all about forest floor aromas, game, cigar ash, incense, old furniture and some smoked meat. The palate shows what the technical data was hinting--very fresh with slightly dusty tannins and nice acidity. It's polished, but feels livelier than some older vintages. " 94 points Luis Gutierrez The Wine Advocate
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Wine Type

Red Wine

Country

Spain

Region

Rioja

Subregion

Rioja Alta

Vintage

2004

Grape

Tempranillo, Mazuelo, Graciano

%Alc

14%

Farming Method

Conventional

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