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!
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!
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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(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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