Red

2001 La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva 904

Tempranillo Blend

  • Spain
  • La Rioja
  • La Rioja Alta
  • Rioja
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Community Tasting Notes 485

  • Echinosum wrote: 91 points

    December 31, 2019 - I remember enjoying this a lot more last time I opened a bottle 2-3 years ago. I had to open 2 bottles as the first was flawed, volatile, although on first nosing it had seemed very promising. This is the difficulty with long aged wines is that they don’t all survive very well. I think at 18 we are well into “only good bottles” territory.

    The second bottle opened had, as all mention, that classic rioja nose. It showed considerable concentration and structure on the palate. But the high acidity and structure made it a wine to admire rather than enjoy. Enjoyable fruit did emerge with enough accompanying food. There were remains to sip over the next 2-3 days, but it didn’t change much.

    By chance I had a 2005 Tondonia Reserva a few days later, which though less concentrated I found more enjoyable and giving. My previous bottle of that wine had also been flawed. The Contino Reserva 2005 I had a few months ago remains my top Rioja of the year.

    3 people found this helpful Comment
  • Isobel goudi Likes this wine: 92 points

    December 24, 2019 - Intensives rubinrot, leichte braun an den rändern. Duft nach pflaumen und kompott. Aber auch minze, untrrholz, etwas Pfeffer, Kaffee und Schokolade. Mittlerer Körper. Elegant und fein. Sehr langer Abgang. Jetzt trinken, wird nicht mehr besser.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • vanderpee wrote: 92 points

    December 23, 2019 - Very good, really like this. Still fresh with lots of red fruit. Long finish.

  • niloc36 wrote: 96 points

    December 13, 2019 - Beautiful and ethereal. This is the kind of wine that renews one’s faith in wine after so many let downs on pricey wines. Here is a bottle that cost under 50 dollars but delivers an experience for which I would pay much, much more. A captivating bouquet that screams “great Rioja” without sticking a wooden plank down your throat. The balance of fruit and oak in the bouquet is delicate but convincing, and there is better to come on the palette. The wine is vibrant and racy, with great acidity and wonderfully resolved tannins. The combinations of flavors are endlessly changing; suffice it to say that anise, cinnamon, paprika only begin to,hint at the riches. The finish goes on and on. My main regret is that this is my last bottle. I only hope that the 2009 & 2010 are up,to,this standard!

    6 people found this helpful Comment
  • BradE wrote:

    December 4, 2019 - From mag. Similar to last year, these are drinking nicely now, but no hurry at all.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
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  • By Michael Godel
    12/23/2018 (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    6/16/2014 (link)

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  • Report 43: Rioja - A New Look, 6/1/2014 (link)

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  • By John Gilman
    May/Jun 2014, Issue #51, Recently Tasted Spanish Wines: Great Traditional Wines, A Few Overly Alcoholic Dinosaurs and More Old Rioja Notes Than Anyone Has A Right to Taste

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

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  • By Josh Raynolds
    September/October 2013, IWC Issue #170 (link)

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

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    4/16/2013 (link)

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  • September 2010, Issue #29 (link)

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  • By Richard Jennings
    12/6/2013 (link) 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

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2001
  • 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 8413529731003, 8413529761093, 890841002024, 890841002116, 890841002222, 9414129761093

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 156 (1%)
  • In Cellars 6,989 (62%)
  • Consumed 4,170 (37%)

Food Pairing

Community Recommendations

cheese, lamb, agneau, ahi, Aves, beef, Braised lamb, braisés, canard, carnes rojas asadas

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97% Like It  253 votes

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