Red

2001 La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva 904

Tempranillo Blend

  • Spain
  • > La Rioja
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  • > Rioja
Drink between 2014 - 2030
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Community Tasting Notes 167

  • honest bob wrote: (93 points)

    September 15, 2014 - Priorat, Montsant and Rioja; 9/5/2014-9/18/2014: From 75cl, perfect cork, decanted and enjoyed over 90 minutes in a restaurant in Logrono. Drinkable after 15 minutes, best after an hour. Bright blood/brick red colour. Delicate, complex, balsamic/licquorice/red-fruit aroma. "Warm", melting, redcurrant-fruited entry, light footed with high Burgundian acidity. Purring, finest super-silky-smooth tannins. A touch of rich, sweet licquorice on the long, resonant finish. This handsome, gentlemanly wine is marvellous now, but has perhaps 5 years further potential and will surely drink beautifully for at least two decades to come. 93(+)P

    3 people found this helpful Comment
  • TexasBob Likes this wine: (88 points)

    September 14, 2014 - Light bodied with lots of wood and spice. Raspberry and bitterness dominate. Pleasant but Underwhelming, especially compared to the 96 point hype.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • andtheodor wrote: (91 points)

    September 7, 2014 - Tasted double blind. Immediate hit of new oak sheen, diacetyl, sugary sweet wood toast, buttered popcorn. My initial guess is a classical Rioja producer's modern bottling, like a Dalmau or Torre Muga, but this wine proceeded to do a huge turnaround over the next hour. The oak polish receded to show strawberry, cherry, vanilla, pickle barrel, mint, raw oak tannin. Still tough, acidic, piney and in need of age, but this suddenly shows the elements of a beautiful Rioja. Guessed a high quality classical producer from a strong year like 2001. Weird bottle but I still think this has tremendous promise.

    5 people found this helpful Comment
  • blanquito wrote:

    September 6, 2014 - Slow o-ed for 5 hours and then poured into a decanter for 2 more hours... This is ridiculously oaky on first pouring, with near overwhelming waves of movie-theatre popcorn butter, vanilla and eventually dill in spades. Pickle juice is a fair description of this wine. But then it begins to grow on me as the oak seems to lessen in the glass. There is a terrific silky texture on the mid-palate with lots of black cherries and big acidity. I can sense the depth of fruit here and there is much to admire, but much of this wine's quality seems to be in its potential rather than current enjoyment. Maybe in another 15-20 years (and I think it will go that long) I'll really enjoy this. For tonight, NR.

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  • Billigan wrote:

    August 31, 2014 - Way too young to be drinking this. Tannins were a little rough, nose and palate were a bit simple, and the dill-laden oak aromas and flavors were too front and center. Yes, plenty of stuffing and balance for the long haul, but then why the heck did I open this? Riojas are so much more fun with long age, and this sleeping gem is no exception. See you again in a decade, my friend!

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    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

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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

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 475 (7%)
  • In Cellars 5420 (79%)
  • Consumed 978 (14%)

Food Pairing

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

Who Likes This Wine

96% Like It  92 votes