Gregory Dal Piaz

Location: New York, NY

8 Top 2001 Riojas for Your Cellar

5. La Rioja Alta Tempranillo Rioja Gran Reserva 904 (2001)

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Just a classic Gran Reserva on the nose with dill and vanilla from American oak layered under raspberry fruit with all sorts of dried thyme, barn floor, dried grass and earthy leathery nuances adding complexity. At first this is quite lean in the mouth, built an vibrant acids and modest if firm tannins, with air this gains weight on the palate and inklings of dark berry fruit start framing the core of tart red fruit. The backend begins to turn silky and gains the weight that adds some plushness to the finish. This is remarkable today for it’s perfume but still needs some time in bottle or decanter to show it’s best. 93pts
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