B-21 Top Recommendation
"Historical" – "a wine to smell over and over again" – "incredible aging potential" – this is just some of the praise critics used to describe the 2004 vintage in Rioja, with wines from well known producers like Muga's Prado Enea and La Rioja Alta "904" Gran Reserva Rioja garnering 96pt ratings. 2004 was described as "Excellent" by the Rioja Control Board, among only 14 vintages since 1925 that have achieved this status. Long-aged gran reservas from esteemed estates like López de Heredia, Marqués de Riscal and La Rioja Alta are among the best value fine wines in the world. The Wine Advocate describes a 100pt Gran Reserva from 2004 as "remarkably powerful, yet elegant. Mouth-filling, complex, and staggeringly rich." Great vintages like 2004 in Rioja produce wines that evolve for 15 to 20 years after bottling and have a lifespan over 50 years, with complex aromatics that only come from a killer vintage.
I'm excited to present the perhaps lesser known yet extraordinary 2004 Bodegas Benito Urbina Gran Reserva, a Rioja from this exceptional vintage at an incredible value. This elegant Gran Reserva exhibits layers upon layers of fresh, enchanting aromas of black cherry, earth and spice undertones in the glass that draw you irresistibly to the next sip. Perfect conditions during harvest in Rioja's extraordinary 2004 vintage allowed for optimal ripening, resulting in the Gran Reserva's fresh, juicy dark fruit flavors, with the extended cellaring imbuing this complex Reserva with coffee, leather and balsamic nuances. Cellared under optimal conditions at the Bodegas until they deemed ready to drink, the 2004 Urbina Gran Reserva is impressively rich, a pleasure to drink now but with the tannic structure to improve with age for nearly another decade. Seductively delicious, ready to drink now but built to continue to age, the 2004 Urbina Gran Reserva Rioja offers such great value that you'll want some for every day and special occasions too.