Red

2001 La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva 890 'Selección Especial'

Tempranillo Blend

  • Spain
  • La Rioja
  • La Rioja Alta
  • Rioja

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Community Tasting Note

  • Life At Your Leisure wrote: 95 points

    July 22, 2020 - Medium garnet hues turning orange rust at the rim with a reflective edge. The legs indicate medium alcohol levels in the style of the producer. The nose has plenty of oak, which for some is a turn off, but is redeemed by perfumed aromas of cola, roses, old leather and black currants. The palate is medium-bodied, silky in texture, and fresh in acidity which carries the blackberry, seared meat, tobacco and sage flavors all throughout the mentholated finish. Overall, this is still a classic. If you prefer a fresher style with less oak, try the Gran Reserva 904. Drink now until 2036 (Revised from 2026).

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6 Comments

  • Harley1199 commented:

    7/22/20, 10:32 AM - Curiously in 2026 my drinking window for this wine stars ... Just a question of taste.
    Cheers,

  • VTCellarDweller commented:

    7/22/20, 10:46 AM - The drinking window for my 6 bottles is 2026 through 2045.

  • Harley1199 commented:

    7/22/20, 11:06 AM - Dear VTCellarDweller, 2045? I wish you good health and a very long life ... probably I will be dead at that time :-) Being realistic 2036 sounds fine here.
    Cheers,

  • Life At Your Leisure commented:

    7/22/20, 5:02 PM - Yes, definitely drinkable until 2036 and perhaps beyond in my opinion, but I doubt if it will evolve in a balanced way beyond 2026. The fruit flavors have plateaued and I don’t think will evolve (attractively) further than 2026.

  • Life At Your Leisure commented:

    7/23/20, 8:40 PM - You know guys, I left half of the wine in the bottle and tasted the following day. I’d have to say it moved only ever so slightly. This has good structure and I’m not ashamed to be wrong in my initial assessment, which I’ve revised. Thank you for the feedback! The 2001 is awesome!

  • Harley1199 commented:

    7/24/20, 12:12 AM - We're here just to learn from each others ...
    Cheers!

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