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Community Tasting Notes (272) Avg Score: 91.8 points

  • Appearance: Clear wine with a Medium Garnet colour.

    Nose: Clean nose with a pronounced intensity. This wine is developing.

    Strong aromas of cooked red fruits right off the bat, strawberries and red apples particularly. Pronounced american oak, contributing vanilla, cloves and nutmeg. Dried tobacco and leather bring up the rear with soft anis and baking spices rounded off the smell - truly a lovely collection of aromas!

    Palate:
    Dry
    Medium- Alcohol
    Medium+ acidity
    Medium tannins - quite hard to pinpoint this as they were so silky smooth
    Medium+ intensity
    Medium+ body
    Long finish

    The palate is a real treat and absolutely bench-mark Rioja. A symphony of cooked red fruit, baking spices, coffee, leather, tobacco and nutmeg all held together with soft tannins and a surprisingly high acidity for its age. A long finish awaits with the more savoury notes winning out.

    Excellent quality Rioja. Still drinking relatively young and could develop further - quite wonderful when you consider they produced an even more exceptional wine in the 890 from the same vintage! Premium priced at around 35 euros a bottle but well worth it. Enjoy!

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  • I love this wine. Very typical rioja with the dill/coconut notes and everything in balance.

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  • D`une maison Mythique aussi...Fait de Tempranillo et Graciano, c`est ample et velouté, encore tout jeune et fringant, bon pour au moins un autre 20-30 années facile! SUPERBE!
    Arriver la semaine dernière, un vin de l’opération Courrier vinicole l'Art d'enrichir sa cave!
    Une grande maison La Rioja Alta ils embouteillent aussi le"Viña Ardanza".
    La cuvee "904" est élevée en fut de chêne américan usé pour 48 mois et soutiré 2 fois par année!

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  • Dang, that's awfully good! As Gilman says, it's NOT a blockbuster: I was expecting bigger & fuller, bloodier, and no - it's very medium-bodied and derives a lot of lift from orange peel and that American oak "dill" note... and, yeah, 12.5%. Obviously it should drink great for decades, and it's certainly drinking wonderfully in 2015. I happen to have opened an LdH '02 the other night, and enjoyed the hell out of it; I dug this one at least equally and it seemed notably different in style (including being lighter and livelier).

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  • One of 8 wines at a Spanish wine tasting/dinner. By consensus, the WOTN. No real notes, just a general impression. Food friendly and long lasting finish. Still has a lot of life left to it.

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  • By Josh Raynolds
    September/October 2013, IWC Issue #170, (See more on Vinous...)

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

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  • By Richard Jennings
    12/6/2013, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 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

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