Red Wine La Rioja Alta 904 Gran Reserva 2011
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If one were to choose the archetypical Rioja, La Rioja Alta 904 Gran Reserva would probably be among the top three candidates for the title of "Quintessential Rioja wine".
The result of a vintage qualified as "Excellent" by the La Rioja regulatory board, this Spanish red wine is made from a traditional blend of two local varieties. The Tempranillo (90% of the blend) comes from over 60-year-old vines, while the younger Graciano is grown in the town of Fuenmayor, not far from the winery's headquarters in Haro (Logroño).
The vinification process took place inside stainless steel tanks and was completed in June 2012. After finishing malolactic fermentation, this Gran reserva red wine was transferred into 4th year American oak barrels - built in the winery's own cooperage - and aged for 4 years. Racking was performed every 6 months.
Masterly crafted and aged by the La Rioja Alta winery, La Rioja Alta 904 Gran Reserva 2011 was bottled in November 2016. Finally, the wine was aged for 42 months in the bottle before its commercial release.
This Rioja red wine has a remarkable ageing potential.
We suggest that you gently decant it at least 1 hour before drinking.
The wine La Rioja Alta 904 Gran Reserva has a distinguished, pale cherry colour with ruby tinges and a brick red rim.
Marvelously evocative, this blend of Tempranillo and Graciano benefits from an excellent vintage and a skilfull ageing. The nose yields complex notes of ripe wild berries, jammy touches, and a string of wonderful aromas: vanilla, cocoa, coconut, tobacco leaves and, finally, a delicate, exotic scent of Moroccan leather over a balsamic background.
This classy red wine produced by Bodega La Rioja Alta is a fully grown-up wine, confident, silky and expressive. Toasted notes of arabica coffee combine with hints of spices and fresh hints of red berries. A crisp acidity wonderfully sustains the wine, but in a discreet, gentlemanly manner. A pure delight on the palate, Gran Reserva 904 has a very long finish which leaves an aftertaste of tobacco, cocoa, underbrush, Moroccan leather and red fruit.
|Our personal opinion||
Simply put, La Rioja Alta 904 Gran Reserva 2011 is the embodiment of La Rioja, one of the great wine regions in the world. In order to fully enjoy it, it is advisable to pair it with mild recipes.
Rioja Alta 904 Gran Reserva 2010:
Enterwine 94. James Suckling 98. Guía Peñín 96. Tim Atkin 96. Parker 95+.
Rioja Alta 904 Gran Reserva 2007:
Enterwine 94. Parker 95. Tim Atkin 95. Guía Peñín 95. James Suckling 97.
Rioja Alta 904 Gran Reserva 2005:
Parker 96, Peñín 95, Enterwine 94.
Rioja Alta 904 Gran Reserva 2004:
Peñín 95, Parker 90, Tanzer 94.
|Bottle size||75 cl|
|Should this wine be decanted?||One hour before serving|
|Type of ageing||Months in American oak barrels|
|Number of months aged in Barrels||48|
|Percentage of variety||Tempranillo 89%, Graciano 11%.|
|Pairings||Cooked foods, Cured cheeses, Game animals, Grilled vegitables, Mushrooms, Poultry, Red meat with gravy, Roasted lamb, Roasted lamb ribs, Roasted red meats, Rosted piglet, Specialty Spanish prosciutto , Stews, Vegetables|
|Taste||Complex and Elegant, Silky and intense, Tasty with barrel notes|
|Occasion||A special occasion, Romantic Dinner, To bring to an engagement|