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La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 890 2004

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94+ Points, Luis Gutierrez, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2004 Gran Reserva 890 is the top of the range here, a wine that is only released three/four times per decade in exceptional years. They start by sourcing grapes from their oldest vineyards and going through a slow process of aging the wine in American oak barrels for six years, with ten manual rackings, and each time there is a selection of only the best barrels. The bottled wine is 13.5% alcohol with a remarkably low pH (3.0) that to me means 'quality' of the acidity, which is a healthy six grams per liter (in tartaric). The nose is all about forest floor aromas, game, cigar ash, incense, old furniture and some smoked meat. The palate shows what the technical data was hinting--very fresh with slightly dusty tannins and nice acidity. It's polished, but feels livelier than some older vintages" 8/16 #226 "Only the estate’s finest grapes make it into the cellar and only the finest barrels make it into the 890 blend. The flagship Gran Reserva 890 is from the “excellent “ 2004 Rioja vintage, a year with nearly perfect growing conditions." Zachys Buying Team

Region: Spain » Rioja » Rioja Alta

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Winery: La Rioja Alta
Color: Red
Varietal: Tempranillo
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94+ Points, Luis Gutierrez, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2004 Gran Reserva 890 is the top of the range here, a wine that is only released three/four times per decade in exceptional years. They start by sourcing grapes from their oldest vineyards and going through a slow process of aging the wine in American oak barrels for six years, with ten manual rackings, and each time there is a selection of only the best barrels. The bottled wine is 13.5% alcohol with a remarkably low pH (3.0) that to me means 'quality' of the acidity, which is a healthy six grams per liter (in tartaric). The nose is all about forest floor aromas, game, cigar ash, incense, old furniture and some smoked meat. The palate shows what the technical data was hinting--very fresh with slightly dusty tannins and nice acidity. It's polished, but feels livelier than some older vintages" 8/16 #226 "Only the estate’s finest grapes make it into the cellar and only the finest barrels make it into the 890 blend. The flagship Gran Reserva 890 is from the “excellent “ 2004 Rioja vintage, a year with nearly perfect growing conditions." Zachys Buying Team

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