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2011 La Rioja Alta 904 Gran Reserva

La Rioja Alta's wines are always some of our most popular offers and the Gran Reserva 904 is one of their benchmark wines, not just for the bodegas but for the whole region, so we are delighted to have secured a small additional allocation of the 2011 vintage to offer to you. 

The 904 Gran Reserva takes its name from the 1904 merger of La Rioja Alta with Rioja Ardanza.  The blend is 89% Tempranillo and 11% Graciano, one of the rarer varieties in the region, giving deep colour and very fine, complex fruit aromas.  In June 2012 the wine was transferred into four and a half year old American oak barrels, made at the bodegas own cooperage, until bottling over four years later, in November 2016.

We first offered the 2011 last year, before the critics' scores were released.  Then vintage is officially rated 'excellent' by the Consejo Regulador and Neal Martin has scored this vintage 94 points, describing it as 'magnificent and with a suggested drinking window from this autumn. 

Offered in bond, immediately available, limited availability.

To order, e-mail us at sales@richardkihl.ltd.uk 

Bodegas La Rioja Alta S.A.

Producer Profile

Bodegas La Rioja Alta S.A.

One of the most famous bodegas in Rioja, La Rioja Alta S.A. was founded in Haro in 1890 by five families.  They named their first 'Reserva 1890' in honour of the date, the predecessor of today's Gran Reserva 890

In 1904 the company merged with Rioja Bodega Ardanza and the 904 Gran Reserva was subsequently created to commemorate this date.  These two Tempranillo-based Gran Reservas have become benchmarks of the classic Rioja style, given lengthy ageing in oak barrels made at the bodegas own cooperage and racked and fined by hand, by candlelight. 

Offered in bond, immediately available, limited availabiiity.

 

RED 2011 20 cases La Rioja Alta - Rioja Gran Reserva 904 75cl £215 per case of 6 La Rioja Alta
2011 / 20 cases / 75cl
£215 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes"Deep, shimmering garnet. Highly perfumed cherry, blueberry, smoked meat, coconut and floral pastille scents are complemented by a succulent herb nuance that builds as the wine opens up. Juicy and seamless on the palate, offering intense cherry-vanilla, candied rose, cola and mocha flavors sharpened by a late jolt of spiciness. Shows outstanding clarity and penetrating red fruit character on the gently tannic, impressively long, smoky finish, which leaves a repeating floral note behind. 94 points" Josh Raynolds, Vinous.com------"I usually prefer the 904 to the 890, but there will be no Gran Reserva 890 until the 2010 vintage (from the last vintage I tasted, 2005). So, the only one of the extended-aging Haro-style reds I tasted this time was the 2011 Gran Reserva 904, which had a hard act to follow after the 2010 vintage. It's a blend of 89% Tempranillo and 11% Graciano matured in American oak barrels for four years, and it was racked eight times from barrel to barrel during its élevage, which sounds a bit harsh for a vintage like 2011 when the wines were not as complete and robust as in 2010. It has the classic profile, aromas and flavors (decayed leaves, tobacco, sweet spices, a meaty touch and some black fruit), but the oak seems to take a more leading role and the palate feels less juicy. It finishes dry. Drink 2020-2030. 94 points" Joe Czerwinski, RobertParker.com------"The 2011 Rioja Gran Reserva 904 has been one of my go-to cuvées since my earliest days as a wine lover. This latest release is a blend of 60-year-old Tempranillo from Briñas, Rodenzo and Villalba (89%) and the remainder Graciano from the Montecillo vineyard. Fully de-stemmed and aged for 54 months in American oak, it was bottled in November 2016. This is more reticent and less forthcoming on the nose compared to the Viña Ardanza, gradually unfolding to reveal enticing scents of raspberry, crushed strawberry, warm leather, terra cotta and a touch of meat juice. This needed more decanting than the Ardanza. The palate is beautifully balanced with fine-grained tannins, and ultra-smooth in terms of texture. Layers of red fruit laced with clove, sprigs of fresh mint and blood orange dovetail into a soy-tinged finish that you expect to fan out, though it declines; it needs maybe another 12–18 months to really show what it is capable of. Magnificent. 94 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com

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