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2001 La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva 904

Tempranillo Blend

  • Spain
  • La Rioja
  • La Rioja Alta
  • Rioja
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Community Tasting Notes 383

  • TheMajor wrote: (89 points)

    July 17, 2017 - Second tasting note following one on 28 Jan 2015. Not much has happened here over 2.5 years. Still a little harshly acidic and bitter for me and no significant tertiary fruit development, although perhaps the oak is a little softer. It's still a fine and traditional rioja, hence a fairly decent score, but compared to the 1997 recently tasted and reviewed here (finest rioja I've ever had the pleasure to taste), it is dare I say it a little underwhelming. There's still a strong backbone to allow some patience here, but am beginning to wonder whether this wine will ever find a perfect balance. Still have several more, so will wait and see.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • hsacks Likes this wine: (93 points)

    July 1, 2017 - Similar to the 11/25/15 bottle.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • PCVT Likes this wine: (91 points)

    June 25, 2017 - Assez surprenant au début car très peu tannique. Joli nez assez évolue avec des notes de fruits confitures mais aussi du tertiaire. Bouche très souple avec une belle longueur. Ça a un côté très bourguignon.

  • cliffkol wrote: (91 points)

    June 20, 2017 - Softly tart red fruits, oak barrel, leather. Needed short air. Bright berries and earthy aromas. Spicy, oak, dark fruit flavors. Medium body and texture.

  • Motz wrote: (94 points)

    June 15, 2017 - Tasted over two days. Testable Gran Reserva Rioja through and through. Tart and acidic berries (lingonberry, cranberry, and acerola), assorted tart and under ripe red plums, bright red tomatoes, old oak barrel (imparting dill and dried urea), spices, sous-bois, chanterelle mushrooms, red loam river bed, dry red clay, weathered clay amphorae, spicy and chewy cured meats, seaweed flakes, high-pitched (as opposed to broad and deep) umami (similar to MSG based seasonings), and mineral ores.

    For the first hour or two, red fruits and (oak-imparted) dried urea (my least favorite aspect of Rioja) dominated. As it breathes, ultra-appealing wet red loam, clay, mushroom, and high-toned umami notes come forward, in complex layers (my favorite element of this wine, and great Rioja overall), putting the mind to Pomerol (in particular, Clinet, L'Eglise-Clinet, and even Trotanoy) albeit competing against, not in harmony with, the red fruits, spice, and urea. Very well structured and balanced. The wine showed similarly on the second day, but seemed to have taken a half step back.

    I cannot help but offer comparisons to the same vintage LdH Reserva Tondonia and the Faustino I, as this wine seems to ride a line between them, showing a good measure of the (palate-scouring) acid in the former and the broad earthiness of the latter (my preference of the three). Also, while there is no rush (the wine should last for ten to twelve years), I cannot see it improving by a noteworthy margin. Overall, from the right bottle, in the right stem, on the right day, with the right food, 94 points, otherwise, 92-93.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
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  • 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 8413529731003, 8413529761093, 890841002024, 890841002116, 890841002222

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 154 (1%)
  • In Cellars 7,264 (70%)
  • Consumed 2,982 (29%)

Food Pairing

Community Recommendations

Cheese, lamb, agneau, ahi, beef, braisés, canard, Cheese and salami, duck, fowl

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97% Like It  214 votes

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