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La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva Centenario 1890

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95 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): This was a special bottling put together from the 1973 vintage to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of La Rioja Alta, and it has always been a superb bottle of Rioja. My recollection is that this was a special selection of barrels that would have normally gone into the '890' bottling. The bouquet today on the Cuvée Centenario is deep, mellowed and beautifully complex, as it offers up a pure and vibrant blend of plums, cherries, nutmeg, coconut, orange zest woodsmoke and lovely soil tones. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, plush and complex, with a fine core of fruit, bright acids, and truly outstanding length and grip on the peacock's tail of a finish. To my mind this is one of the quintessential examples of the brilliance of La Rioja Alta in their prime, and I could not think of a better wine to serve if someone was interested in what this bodega was capable of at the top of their game 2005-2020. (Sep/Oct 2006)

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95 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): This was a special bottling put together from the 1973 vintage to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of La Rioja Alta, and it has always been a superb bottle of Rioja. My recollection is that this was a special selection of barrels that would have normally gone into the '890' bottling. The bouquet today on the Cuvée Centenario is deep, mellowed and beautifully complex, as it offers up a pure and vibrant blend of plums, cherries, nutmeg, coconut, orange zest woodsmoke and lovely soil tones. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, plush and complex, with a fine core of fruit, bright acids, and truly outstanding length and grip on the peacock's tail of a finish. To my mind this is one of the quintessential examples of the brilliance of La Rioja Alta in their prime, and I could not think of a better wine to serve if someone was interested in what this bodega was capable of at the top of their game 2005-2020. (Sep/Oct 2006)

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