La Rioja Alta : Gran Reserva 890 2005

 
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Parker : 95 / 100
Wine Spectator : 95 / 100
Wine Advocate-Parker :
I tasted the 2005 Gran Reserva 890 again, and I liked it better this time than in my previous review, even if I normally like the Gran Reserva 904 better than this bottling, as I find it better balanced. I tend to feel less energy in this wine, as it spends a very long time in barrel, six years in this case. 2005 was an excellent vintage, and they implemented some improvements in the harvest, introducing 350-kilo boxes and refrigerated transport to the winery, which they think provides better grapes and potentially better quality of the wines. The palate is medium-bodied, the tannins have mostly melted, and it has lively acidity that lift the wine up. This is a very classical and polished Rioja. 57,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in March 2012.
La RiojaRioja
Alcohol
13.5

Grape varieties
Tempranillo/Graciano/Mazuelo

Dessert wine
No

Wine raising method
Gran Reserva

J. Suckling
98

Wine Spectator
95

Country
Spain

Wine certification
DOCa

Region
La Rioja

Appellation
Rioja

Color
Red

Producer
La Rioja Alta

Parker
95

Allergens
Contains sulfites