Red

2001 La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva 904

Tempranillo Blend

  • Spain
  • > La Rioja
  • > La Rioja Alta
  • > Rioja
Drink between 2014 - 2030
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Community Tasting Notes 214

  • Too much practice. wrote: (88 points)

    December 23, 2014 - - Garnet color - A whopping mouthful of oak and berries. Like going for an autumnal countryside walk - with your eyes shut. Incredible length. Dan's not wrong - 25 seconds? It is a big, strong, oaky, giant. The strength of oak, the concentration of flavour and the length of finish are the differentiators from their other wines. I'm not used to drinking Tempranillo at this price range, so it's hard to be objective. Delightful. Big wine. I had expected more subtlety and range - hence lower than expected score. Drinking fine. Will revisit.

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  • rsbeck wrote: (93 points)

    December 21, 2014 - Consistent with previous notes.

  • up4wine wrote: (89 points)

    December 21, 2014 - This is very strange for me to rate 2 bottles of the same wine so radically different 95 vs. 89 for this bottle. I am suspicious of the Spanish wine casks, but I really don't know. I have had a similar experience, to a lesser degree, with 2001 Vina Ardanza, from the same winery. The first bottle of 904 was such an extraordinary experience of fruit, smoke, earth, and leather that evolved over several hours. This bottle is not flawed, but it is disjointed and has some awkward, harsh notes on both the nose and palate. It doesn't really seem like the same wine to me. It certainly makes me leery of buying large amounts from this winery, even though it is one of the top rated from Alta.

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  • Hypersphere wrote: (92 points)

    December 21, 2014 - on cheese and cured meat
    i would agree it is probably reaching its peak - a magnificent peak that is !

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  • Sotto325 wrote: (91 points)

    December 19, 2014 - Consistent with the April 9 notes-- each bottle is potentially a Tempranillo super star or a slightly unbalanced, somewhat acidic and dry elegant old Rioja. This bottle fell into the latter category. Palate of tobacco, old dark cherry, wet, aged oak, bramble earth, with a dry, tar and cherry nose. Acid started to evolve after 20 minutes. And it did not pair as well with food. It is indeed possible that some of the bottles need more time while others are not going in positive direction. A classic wine that deserves to endure the variations.

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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
  • UPC Codes 8413529761093, 890841002024

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 342 (4%)
  • In Cellars 6374 (80%)
  • Consumed 1248 (16%)

Food Pairing

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

Who Likes This Wine

96% Like It  112 votes