Red Wine Rioja Alta 890 Gran Reserva 2010
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Here it is: the long-awaited 2010 vintage of Rioja Alta 890 Gran Reserva from bodega La Rioja Alta.
Qualified as "Excellent" by the DOCa Rioja Regulatory Board, the mild climate of the summer season helped the fruit to achieve an almost perfect ripening through a slow, steady process.
As usual, this Spanish red wine is made basically from of old-vines Tempranillo (95%), complemented with a touch of Graciano (3%) and 2% Mazuela (aka Carignan).
After a meticulous harvest and a selection both on site and in the cellar, the grapes were destemmed, crushed, macerated and then fermented in stainless steel tanks.
After that, the Tempranillo and Mazuela wines were combined and the resulting blend was transferred into American oak barrels built in the winery's own cooperage. The blend went through malolactic fermentation and then it was aged for 6 years, during which process it was racked 10 times. The Graciano wine completed the same process unaccompanied.
Only the best barrel samples were bottled in March 2017. Finally, Rioja Alta 890 Gran Reserva 2010 was aged for 54 months minimum in the cellar.
You should decant this Gran Reserva red wine for at least 4 hours before drinking.
61,643 bottles produced.
The red wine Rioja Alta 890 Gran Reserva is deep cherry with a reddish rim.
Elegant and really complex, this blend of Tempranillo, Graciano and Mazuela carries understated aromas of black fruit, with subtle notes of sandalwood, cedar and walnut, a treasure-trove of spices -curry, Ras-el-Hanout, pepper and cinnamon- and hints of cocoa, fine leather and tobacco leaves.
Very fresh, and with an enormous potential for growth, the 2010 vintage of 890 Gran Reserva from La Rioja Alta is phenomenally complex and, at the same time, easy and accessible on the palate. Extremely detailed, vivid, with exhilarating tannins and a superb acidity. Long finish with an aftertaste of liquorice, fruit jam, spices and some mineral notions.
|Our personal opinion||
One of the summits of Rioja, Rioja Alta 890 Gran Reserva 2010 ranks among the greatest wines of the world.
Rioja Alta 890 Gran Reserva 2005:
Enterwine 94. Parker 94. Guía Peñín 98. Decanter 96. J.Suckling 98.
Rioja Alta 890 Gran Reserva 2004:
Enterwine 93. Parker 95. Peñín 94.
Rioja Alta 890 Gran Reserva Selección Especial 2001:
Peñín 96. Parker 95.
|Bottle size||75 cl|
|Should this wine be decanted?||Four hours before serving|
|Type of ageing||Months in American oak barrels|
|Number of months aged in Barrels||72|
|Other guides||J. Suckling 97. T. Atkin 98.|
|Percentage of variety||Tempranillo 95%, Graciano 3%, Mazuela 3%.|
|Pairings||Aged cheeses, Alone, Chocolate, Civet, Cured cheeses, Red meat with gravy, Roasted foods, Rosted piglet, Specialty Spanish prosciutto|
|Taste||Complex and Elegant, Silky and intense, Tasty with barrel notes, Very intense and inky|
|Occasion||A special occasion, Romantic Dinner, To bring to an engagement|