Founded 125+ years ago, La Rioja Alta is legendary, making the finest and most remarkable traditional Riojas that age for decades. Awarded 96 Points by James Suckling, this 2011 is wonderfully complex, with layers of fruit, cedar, walnut and tobacco.
Beyond the Label
Full flavoured, layers of fruit, smoke, tobacco, black tea, balsamic
Dried fruit, plum, prune, cedar, walnut and smoky leather
Rioja’s Gran Reserva 904 is in a league of its own. It’s from the team at La Rioja Alta, trailblazers of traditional Rioja since 1890. Everything here gets kid glove treatment, from the cherished vines in the estate’s own vineyards to the cutting edge winemaking equipment in the modern, purpose built cellars. However, many of the old ways are still the best and the estate continues to use its century old cooperage to make the cellar’s barrels. After hand picking and hand sorting, grapes are pressed, fermented and aged in seasoned oak for four years. The wine is racked into new barrels every six months to gently remove sediment, prior to bottling in early 2015. Only released in 2020, it will be superb over the next decade, with roast lamb.
"Full-bodied with lots of fruit, considering its age, as well as hints of smoke, tobacco, bark"
James Suckling Critic, 96 points
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