2011 La Rioja Alta - Gran Reserva 904 (94 pts)

2011 La Rioja Alta - Gran Reserva 904 (94 pts)

3/19/2021, 10:17:51 AM
2011 La Rioja Alta - Gran Reserva 904 (94 pts) @lariojaaltasa ℹ️ This wine is 89% Tempranillo and 11% Graciano from estate vineyards in Rioja Alta, Spain. The Tempranillo comes from 60-year-old vineyards. The grapes were hand-harvested with alcoholic fermentation taking place in stainless steel tanks. Wines were transferred to American oak barrels made at the in-house cooperage. The average age of the barrels is 4.5 years. The wine was aged for 4 years in a barrel and was manually racked by candlelight. The wine was bottled in 2016. 👁 Medium+ ruby color with a pale rim 👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of dried strawberry, dried red cherry, prune, fruit leather, dill, thyme, cedar, sweet tobacco, clove, olive tapenade, and salted meat. 👄 The wine is dry, medium+ acidity, medium+ fine-grained tannins, high alcohol (14.5%), and medium+ body. A long length finish of dried red fruit, sweet tobacco, prune, and olive tapenade. 🔔 La Rioja Alta has three Gran Reservas, while 890 is my favorite in terms of pure quality, but the 904 is close in quality, more accessible upon release, and 1/3 of the price. The palate shows more concentration than the aromas on the nose. The increased percentage of Graciano gives an excellent acid backbone to maintain freshness through the extended barrel aging. The 2011 Gran Reserva 904 can be enjoyed right but will continue to hold steady with age. I love aged wines, and this is why I keep going back to the traditionally made wines from Rioja like 904. 💰 ~$66 #vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #rioja #riojawine #granreserva #lariojaalta #larioja #904 #tempranillo

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