Red

1998 La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva 904

Tempranillo Blend

  • Spain
  • La Rioja
  • La Rioja Alta
  • Rioja
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Community Tasting Notes 152

  • MikeJK Likes this wine: 94 points

    September 9, 2019 - Coravin to a glass and allowed to stand for about an hour. The robe is a deep, murky ruby--hazy with fine sediment. Pronounced nose with vanilla top note and backdrop of mature red fruit and old, damp cellar (in a good way!). Lovely aromas of spice box linger in the empty glass.

    Palate also delivers with m+ body, m tannin and m+ acid. The lively acid cuts through to invigorate the slightly muddled dried fruit. Well done, sorry to only have a single bottle of this particular vintage. Typical, mature tradional Rioja, very well in balance. I would consider this an excellent example that is at its peak (for my taste).

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  • SimonG wrote: 92 points

    August 21, 2019 - Initially dark and dense, but opens up to show a lighter, more typically bright red fruited profile, raspberry, some spice, and just starting to develop some spice and leather notes. Mellow, smooth and satisfying. Just at the start of its plateau. Lovely, and a relief after two substandard (different wines) bottles. ****

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  • kfk wrote: 92 points

    February 16, 2019 - Spot on. Wine of the night at Spanish tasting. Fully integrated but I think this will live on for another decade plus to take on more tertiary.

  • IndyTom Likes this wine: 94 points

    January 18, 2019 - Stunning. Opened and let breathe for 30 minutes and then decanted for another hour. Dark red fruits on the nose. Seamless texture, fully integrated tannins and wonderful fruit. Everything is in total balance right now. 21 years old and a total delight.

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  • straight outta iowa Likes this wine: 93 points

    September 25, 2018 - I found the LRA to be in a very nice spot at the age of 20, with potential for decades of continuing evolution. The wine was bigger than I expected, and really nicely balanced and integrated. Particularly prominent here was vanilla from the American oak, cherry, spice, grass/hay, and a nice touch of cinnamon. Also stood up quite well vs. the rib eye. While the age might have been surprising, the LRA could not be mistaken for anything other than just what it is -- which in my book is a cool thing nowadays.

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  • By Josh Raynolds
    September/October 2012, IWC Issue #164 (link)

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

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  • By Richard Jennings
    6/28/2012 (link) 92 points

    (La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva 904) Bricking medium red violet color; redolent, spice box, black tobacco nose; mature, spice, licorice, cedar, tobacco, dill, balsamic palate; medium-plus finish 92+ points

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1998
  • 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 30 (1%)
  • In Cellars 1,188 (55%)
  • Consumed 940 (44%)

Food Pairing

Community Recommendations

90 day dry aged bone-in Ribeye, duck, Lamb, Mexican, mole, Riista, suklaa

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99% Like It  68 votes

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