Red

2001 La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva 904

Tempranillo Blend

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Community Tasting Notes 224

  • Shanta wrote:

    January 25, 2015 - Tried on about a dozen occasions since release and never ceases to thrill. Pallid orange ruby color and also light in terms of palate weight (12.5% abv) but with real intensity of bouquet and flavour. Nose and flavour profile fascinates, with roasted and aged characters, supported by abundant fresh acidity and fine dry tannins. Works brilliantly. Excellent tension and balance although some variation with the occasional duller bottle.

    6 people found this helpful Comment
  • Fitzi wrote:

    January 25, 2015 - Bought this seeking a toe-hold in fine, mature-ish rioja. Fairly dense and reticent on opening. Over the course of the evening, the texture became very silky and fine, not far from a good, silky Burgundy, as a reference for comparison. Reasonably aromatic, toward the red end of the red fruit spectrum (as opposed to black). Not much persistence, however; day-two remainders were decent but not exciting or impressive.

    I watched a show (the Robinson series?) in which a good Spanish vigneron put Tempranillo into the same category with Pinot Noir and Nebbiolo as a fine, aromatic grape. I can see this point, and liked this wine, though wasn't blown away. Will have to try more such wines.

    6 people found this helpful Comment
  • ny_oinos wrote: (90 points)

    January 21, 2015 - Tasted over 2 days. Nose of tobacco, cedar and cherry pit. Palate lighter in body/weight but layered; dominated by tobacco and leather with cherry pit underneath. Mild cherry pit and green coffee bitterness in the mid-palate which was more pronounced on day 1. Finishes on a strong acidic backbone w/ fine tannins on a medium-length finish mostly of cedar spice and tobacco.

    In reviewing the other notes... purely a preference in style. If you're looking for a more modern, richer style of Rioja, you might be disappointed. This is a layered wine but without the heaviness given the light, acidic frame. The lighter weight of the wine with high acidity reminds you of burgundy in style, as opposed to a more dense, palate-coating body of a bordeaux. However, make not mistake, the nose and palate are clearly classic Rioja.

    10 people found this helpful Comments (1)
  • MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote: (90 points)

    January 10, 2015 - Ripe cherries, raspberry, forest floor and slight barnyard funkiness. Light bodied with plenty of tannins. In my opinion the wine comes off thin and overly acidic.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • Anonymous wrote: (90 points)

    January 3, 2015 - Tasted again fully blind as the first red of the afternoon. In the bouquet cassis and other dark forest fruits, minerals and licorice. On the palate there was some development noticeable and again ripe dark fruits, a lot of acidity and slightly sticky tannin. Seemed less classical compared to the bottle earlier this year, but it is certainly a lovely and complex wine. Early maturity now.

    3 people found this helpful Comment
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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    6/16/2014 (link)

    (La Rioja Alta, 904 Gran Reserva Rioja Red) Subscribe to see review text.

View From the Cellar

  • By John Gilman
    May/Jun 2014, Issue #51, Recently Tasted Spanish Wines: Great Traditional Wines, A Few Overly Alcoholic Dinosaurs and More Old Rioja Notes Than Anyone Has A Right to Taste, 5/1/2014

    (Rioja Gran Reserva“904”- La Rioja Alta) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Josh Raynolds
    September/October 2013, Issue #170 (link)

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JancisRobinson.com

  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    4/16/2013 (link)

    (La Rioja Alta, 904 Gran Reserva Rioja Red) Subscribe to see review text.

The World of Fine Wine

  • September 2010, Issue #29 (link)

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RJonWine.com

  • By Richard Jennings
    12/6/2013 (link) 92 points

    (La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva 904) Bricking very dark red violet color; maturing, baked berry, vanilla oak, coconut nose; youthful, tart berry, raspberry, raspberry jam palate; needs 6+ years; long finish

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2001
  • Type Red
  • Producer La Rioja Alta
  • Varietal Tempranillo Blend
  • Designation Gran Reserva 904
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country Spain
  • Region La Rioja
  • SubRegion La Rioja Alta
  • Appellation Rioja
  • UPC Codes 8413529761093, 890841002024

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 321 (4%)
  • In Cellars 6390 (79%)
  • Consumed 1348 (17%)

Food Pairing

beef, cheese, game, grilled lamb, lamb, Lambstew with jasmine rice, Nothing, pecorino, roast meat, Stew

Who Likes This Wine

96% Like It  118 votes