La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 2011 Decanter Set
The La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 Decanter Set comes with 3 bottles of 720 ml Gran Reserva 904 and 1 pc of decanter. La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 is amongst the most famous wines of the Rioja region, produced only in the best vintages. A vintage rated excellent! Deep cherry-red colour with a garnet rim. Intense and complex bouquet of berry jam and orange zest, which opens up to reveal underlying spicy notes of tobacco, leather, toasted wood and chocolate. A yummy, powerful and seriously smooth affair thanks to four years of cask ageing and further bottle refinement. Full-bodied with generous dried cherry and plum fruit as well as oak spice flavours, silky tannins and a lively acidity. The finish is gentle, bearing a long aftertaste of citrus and balsamic notes.
89% Tempranillo and 11% Graciano. Tempranillo from vines over 60 years old in Briñas, Rodenzo and Villalba. Graciano from La Rioja Alta’s Montecillo vineyard in the municipality of Fuenmayor.
After collection in boxes, the grapes are transported to the winery in refrigerated vehicles to preserve all their integrity. After destemming and light crushing, the grapes were put in tanks where they underwent alcoholic fermentation for 17 days. Selected batches complete malolactic fermentation naturally over 75 days. In June 2012, the wine was transferred to four-and-a-half-year-old American oak barrels, where it stayed until March 2015. During ageing, the wine was racked 8 times using traditional barrel-to-barrel methods. The final blend was bottled in November 2016.
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AWARDS & ACCOLADES
Lovely dried red fruit, such as plums with just a hint of prunes. Cedar, walnut and leather undertones. Full-bodied with lots of fruit, considering its age, as well as hints of smoke, tobacco, bark and black tea. Some balsamic at the finish. Traditionally styled with lovely results. Drink or hold.
I usually prefer the 904 to the 890, but there will be no Gran Reserva 890 until the 2010 vintage (from the last vintage I tasted, 2005). So, the only one of the extended-aging Haro-style reds I tasted this time was the 2011 Gran Reserva 904, which had a hard act to follow after the 2010 vintage. It’s a blend of 89% Tempranillo and 11% Graciano matured in American oak barrels for four years, and it was racked eight times from barrel to barrel during its élevage, which sounds a bit harsh for a vintage like 2011 when the wines were not as complete and robust as in 2010. It has the classic profile, aromas and flavors (decayed leaves, tobacco, sweet spices, a meaty touch and some black fruit), but the oak seems to take a more leading role and the palate feels less juicy. It finishes dry
The 2011 Rioja Gran Reserva 904 has been one of my go-to cuvées since my earliest days as a wine lover. This latest release is a blend of 60-year-old Tempranillo from Briñas, Rodenzo and Villalba (89%) and the remainder Graciano from the Montecillo vineyard. Fully de-stemmed and aged for 54 months in American oak, it was bottled in November 2016. This is more reticent and less forthcoming on the nose compared to the Viña Ardanza, gradually unfolding to reveal enticing scents of raspberry, crushed strawberry, warm leather, terra cotta and a touch of meat juice. This needed more decanting than the Ardanza. The palate is beautifully balanced with fine-grained tannins, and ultra-smooth in terms of texture. Layers of red fruit laced with clove, sprigs of fresh mint and blood orange dovetail into a soy-tinged finish that you expect to fan out, though it declines; it needs maybe another 12–18 months to really show what it is capable of. Magnificent!
– 94 Points
Grand and elegant, in the stubbornly traditional mode of Rioja Alta classicism, this wine has enough air between the layers of plump fruit and oak spice to build generous complexity. Its herbal savor and piquillo-pepper notes keep it earthbound, while the wine’s stamina keeps driving the flavors forward. This has the gracious power to sustain it for seriously long aging
– 92 Points
This supple red shows maturity, with forest floor, mushroom and cedar notes framing dried cherry and tea flavors. The silky texture is supported by light tannins and orange peel acidity. Traditional style, balanced and harmonious. Tempranillo and Graciano