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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 364

  • RA8 Likes this wine: (97 points)

    January 13, 2017 - Wow. Several years back it wasn't even close. Now, it seems to have peaked! Glad IOTOBEL and BENJ did some of the heavy lifting. Hope subsequent bottles reaffirm the magic.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • NeilJH wrote:

    January 2, 2017 - Second btl 3 hour decant. Not impressed, closed down nothing on the nose and an austere short wine in the glass with no hint of fruit. Will leave the remaining 10 for a while and come back to them, maybe just bad luck.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • NeilJH wrote: flawed

    December 29, 2016 - Flawed. Astringent chemical flavors, no nose.

  • Benj Likes this wine: (97 points)

    December 27, 2016 - Dark ruby to slight garnet color. Nose: deep pure red and black cherry, a touch of eucalyptus, bran muffin, woody herbs. And so seductive. I could smell this all day. Palate: high acid, very juicy, medium-minus dusty tannin, v slightly leathery. The overall feeling in the palate is juicy-warm-round-zingy-savory-bright-earthy. Medium body. Perfect balance. Long. The oaking on this is excellent. Some of the Vina Ardanzas I've had from LRA recently have been delicious but veering a little towards too much oak, but this is outstandingly well done. Last but definitely not least, this is genuinely refreshing, the kind of wine that complements rather than overwhelming food (or even needing it, for that matter). Drinking exceptionally now but no rush. This is very close to my perfect wine. In terms of my personal taste, I can't really find any ways in which this could be improved. 12.5%

    6 people found this helpful Comment
  • iobtoel Likes this wine: (94 points)

    December 25, 2016 - tobacco, spice, cedar with red fruit on the nose. Crunchy cherry, bitter almond plums on the palate with fine grained tannins. Linear purity. Good depth without being too overpowering. Lovely sweet finish. Keep.

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

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  • Report 43: Rioja - A New Look, 6/1/2014 (link)

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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

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

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

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

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  • September 2010, Issue #29 (link)

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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 175 (2%)
  • In Cellars 7,238 (72%)
  • Consumed 2,687 (27%)

Food Pairing

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

Who Likes This Wine

97% Like It  199 votes

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