Red

2009 La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva 904

Tempranillo Blend

  • Spain
  • La Rioja
  • La Rioja Alta
  • Rioja
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Community Tasting Notes 45

  • Hazeo wrote: 92 points

    October 13, 2019 - Still one of my favourite value for money Rioja … that is, if you like them a mix of traditional and modern. Pop and poured and really hits the spot after a couple hours in the glass with it’s earthy cherries and dried tea leaves goodness,

  • PSPatrick wrote: 93 points

    September 7, 2019 - I had to open another bottle. Medium ruby in colour. Complex nose of red fruit, red cherry, cucumber, iodine, coffee, cocoa, spices, vanilla and earth. On the palate, the wine showed red fruit, red cherry, cucumber, coffee, cocoa, spices, clove, cinnamon, vanilla and some tobacco as well as iodine and earth, with great, fresh, lively acidity, ripe, well-integrated tannin and incredible length. Complex, with good concentration and balance. Very persistent, with great, unexpected freshness that will make it very difficult to keep my hands of my other six bottles. A lovely, traditional-style Rioja with a bright future. Very versatile with food. Moreish! Drink or hold.

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  • balthesar Likes this wine: 93 points

    July 29, 2019 - Ruby red, you can smell the blackberries and fruit from a mile away. Tremendously fresh with hints of cherries. Smoke and a hint of strawberries with a long finish. Beautifully balanced wine. Light tannins and a long future regardless. Almost a hint of salinity in the aftertaste.

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  • Psdycp wrote: 91 points

    July 10, 2019 - Classic sour cherry, fragrant cigar box, earthy spices and leathery bouquet. Nose is somewhat closed initially. Need an hour in the decanter for the nose to open up with better depth, sweeter fruits and balance. Palate is nicely balanced, medium bodied with a smooth finish which could be richer and longer. Great nose not so good finish. Perfect with a traditional paella or a good piece of grilled steak.

  • dlcass Likes this wine: 94 points

    July 5, 2019 - Spiced plums, leather. Very expressive on the palate with good elevation, mouth feel and finish.

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  • By Sarah Jane Evans MW
    Tempranillo: Spain’s top 40, 1/31/2019 (link)

    (La Rioja Alta, Gran Reserva 904, Rioja, Northern Spain, Spain, Red) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Jancis Robinson
    12/16/2017 (link)

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

Full Pull

  • By Paul Zitarelli
    Full Pull La Rioja Alta, 6/14/2018

    (La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva 904) Hello friends. Today we have the return of a Gran Reserva from one of our list’s favorite Rioja houses: La Rioja Alta. I think we all love LRA so much because they’re old-school, but not painfully so. We consider these wines as Rioja classics—true to this particular part of the world, but still retaining plenty of accessibility. (And as a special bonus, there’s an extra LRA white and red at the bottom of this offer).It’s been a while since we’ve been able to offer a vintage of this wine. LRA didn’t bottle in 2008 or 2006 because of vintage standards—they only bottle Excellent and some Very Good vintages—and the 2007 was in such low stock that we only got a few bottles for our warehouse retail rack. The last vintage we were able to offer was 2005. Since there are many new list members that have joined over the last two years—and two years is long enough for most of us to forget about the nitty gritty details—here’s a quick reminder of what LRA is all about: La Rioja Alta is a classic Rioja producer, in the vein of Lopez de Heredia. They have stubbornly resisted modernity, going against the grain as much of Rioja has gotten bigger, riper, richer. For that, they are rewarded with love and admiration from those of us who care about terroir expression and who want our Rioja to taste like Rioja, not like new-world Tempranillo. Producers like LRA don’t follow the short-term winds of fashion. They play the long game. They think about how their winery will be viewed in decades, in centuries. LRA releases two Gran Reservas, the 890 (commemorating the founding of the winery in 1890) and the 904 (commemorating their gaining of most of their most important vineyard properties in 1904). This 904 is a blend of 90% Tempranillo and 10% Graciano, aged entirely in four-year-old American oak barrels made in-house (yes, they make their own barrels) for four years. The wine was bottled in November 2014, where it has now rested since, putting us at almost a decade past vintage. Only in Rioja. Wine Advocate: Copyrighted material withheld. This wine is a marvelous mix of sweet and savory spice, salt and cream, crunchy leaves and luscious fruit. Gutierrez’s description of the palate is spot on—clean and polished yet decidedly serious. It moves so effortlessly between juicy delicious fruit, smoky wood spice, and gripping tannins that it’s hard to see where one begins and the other ends. The texture, the flavors, the overall package are all true to Rioja; LRA’s 904 is a modern classic. I know calling a $60 wine a “bargain” (as Gutierrez does, and as we would echo) is likely to chafe the chaps of a few, but this really does offer untold pleasures for its price point, and it offers a wine that is glorious now, but will only continue to unfurl over another two decades (at least) in bottle. Many of our list members are already rapturous about previous vintages, so we’re likely preaching to the choir here, but for any lover of Rioja or interested party, this is a bottle you should own.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2009
  • 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 4000137878189, 8413529761093, 9414129761093

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 534 (11%)
  • In Cellars 3,825 (79%)
  • Consumed 480 (10%)

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