Red

2001 La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva 904

Tempranillo Blend

  • Spain
  • La Rioja
  • La Rioja Alta
  • Rioja
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Community Tasting Notes 341

  • Miss Highwater wrote: (92 points)

    June 20, 2016 - a beautiful classic rioja in its prime. Cherries, smoke, leather - all combining into a complex gorgeousness. I was beginning to worry they don't make them like this any more.

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  • sweetstuff wrote: (92 points)

    June 19, 2016 - Cork finished. Broad, clingy, tears of Tudor arches. Cherry color with a surprisingly broad 10-12 mm transparent edge--of course there's probably some white grapes in this. A sweet, 'warm fuzzy' nose created from layers of wood aging, with hints of black pepper. Entry reminds me somehow of beer with its sweet impressions; quite tertiary, somewhat savory, integrated fruit, with a fine juiciness, with nothing sticking out; very fine, clean, smoothly fruity, vanillic, and a persistent, even expanding finish. Quite a pleasure for current drinking. The aging curve on such wines are quite a bit different from California reds and even classic Bordeaux; they become almost rosé as they go on, and so no hurry to drink, for those who have been introduced to old Rioja.

    During the second 24 hours, the nose is caressing, integrated, lush, and softly harmonious. Nothing stands out but nothing is missing. The juiciness is prominent on the palate, with superb length and breadth. Sort of like playing my piano right after the technician has tuned it. (By the way, the technician is a Riesling lover, and we always schedule the quarterly tunings last thing in the afternoon!)

    Suggests this is not in a hurry to be drunk. It's all about subtlety, like a fine aged Burgundy, with very little need to rely on pure power. What a pleasure to just sit and sip this! Wonderful with Creme de Bourgogne cheese.

    3 people found this helpful Comment
  • 4711 wrote: (90 points)

    June 14, 2016 - Past peak

  • MatLot Likes this wine: (92 points)

    June 11, 2016 - Début de couleur orangé, vin mature, prêt à boire rien ne sert de laisser en cave à son peak selon moi. Belle expérience, peu certainement tenir la route encore plusieurs années.

  • redders Likes this wine: (91 points)

    June 2, 2016 - light red some maturity. Classic nose , on light side, much richer on palate, quite high acidity, good length. Still has up side.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
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  • 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

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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 260 (3%)
  • In Cellars 7,113 (73%)
  • Consumed 2,338 (24%)

Food Pairing

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

Who Likes This Wine

97% Like It  181 votes

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