Red

1998 La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva 890

Tempranillo Blend

  • Spain
  • La Rioja
  • La Rioja Alta
  • Rioja
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Community Tasting Notes 31

  • Paul D Likes this wine: (91 points)

    April 24, 2016 - Medium/deep ruby/garnet core, pale garnet/mahogany rim. Nose a touch reticent at first, opening to reveal youthful, pure blackcurrant fruit, vanilla, tobacco, touch of soil. Medium bodied on the palate with soft, velvety tannins, dark fruit, tobacco, vanilla - quite youthful in profile, lovely vibrant acidity carries an extended, harmonious finish. Drinking well, albeit with a young flavour profile and absolutely no need to hurry.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • Blauweiss Likes this wine: (92 points)

    April 20, 2016 - Felt more modern than I expected. It is quite massive at first, and it needs loooong decanting, at least 3 hours, before it starts to open up. Will give my next bottle more time Before I start to explore it!

  • PSPatrick wrote: (91 points)

    March 19, 2016 - The wine was medium to dark garnet in colour and offered red fruit, cherry, dill, coffee, cocoa, coconut, spices, vanilla and cinnamon on the nose. On the palate the wine showed red fruit, cherry, fresh herbs, dill, coffee, cocoa, coconut, sweet vanilla, cinnamon and clove, with medium-level acidity, medium-level tannin (fine but present) and superb length. The medium-bodied wine was balanced (despite tons of American oak), with good complexity, but while I acknowledge and value the quality of this wine I still prefer the juicier 2004 and 2005 Gran Reserva 904, which to me provide even more drinking pleasure - at a third of the price.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • Sundbyberg wrote: (85 points)

    March 17, 2016 - Tasting: Dill, dill and more dill. This is just not my type of wine.

  • Harley1199 Likes this wine: (95 points)

    March 10, 2016 - LRA 890 Vertical Tasting Event (Bodega Santa Cecilia - Madrid): I really enjoy this austere style. At its level reminds me an extra-Brut Champagne.
    Wet leather tones. Wild strawberries and violets. Great!
    Sharp on the palate but tasty and very long. Many seconds of pleasure. People want the immediate. I want more bottles of this 98 in my cellar. Potential for, ahem ahem, I'll be 98 score. I've to insist, it has the potential to be a new 70.

    Cómo me gusta este estilo austero. En su nivel me recuerda a un Champagne extra-Brut.
    Tonos de cuero mojado. Fresillas salvajes y violetas. Qué grande!
    Afilado en boca pero sabroso y muy largo a su vez. Largos segundos de placer. La gente quiere lo inmediato. Yo quiero más botellas de este 98 en mi bodeguita. Potencial para, ejem ejem, ser un 98. Voy a insistir, tiene el potencial para ser un nuevo 70.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1998
  • Type Red
  • Producer La Rioja Alta
  • Varietal Tempranillo Blend
  • Designation Gran Reserva 890
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country Spain
  • Region La Rioja
  • SubRegion La Rioja Alta
  • Appellation Rioja
  • UPC Codes 081241171056, 8413529731003

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 19 (3%)
  • In Cellars 480 (82%)
  • Consumed 86 (15%)

Food Pairing

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Who Likes This Wine

95% Like It  19 votes