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La Rioja Alta : Gran Reserva 890 2004

$169.99 1 Bottle (750ML) |
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    Parker : 94+ / 100
    J. Suckling : 94 / 100
    Wine Advocate-Parker :
    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. 38,000 numbered bottles.
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    Grape varieties
    Tempranillo/Graciano/Mazuelo

    Dessert wine
    No

    Wine raising method
    Gran Reserva

    J. Suckling
    94

    Vinous - A. Galloni
    93

    Wine Spectator
    94

    Country
    Spain

    Wine certification
    DOCa

    Region
    La Rioja

    Appellation
    Rioja

    Color
    Red

    Producer
    La Rioja Alta

    Parker
    94+

    Allergens
    Contains sulfites

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