2004 La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 890, Rioja (750ml)

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# ESRATE04CE
Country: Spain
Region: Rioja
Grape Varietal: Tempranillo
Review Score: 96WE, 94WA, 94WS
Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%

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Lightly rusty in color, this outstanding gran reserva is just now entering its golden years, which should endure for another two decades or so. Aromas of raisin, malt, tobacco and cedar are beautiful. This is tight and sinewy in feel, with rooty, creamy, classic Rioja flavors of vanilla, tobacco and dried red fruits. A lasting, stout finish isn't breaking down at all; drink through 2040.

96 points, Wine Enthusiast (Apr 2016)

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.

94+ points, Wine Advocate (Issue # 226 - Aug 2016)

Tea, tobacco, cedar and spicy notes mingle with deeper licorice, plum and iron flavors in this savory red. The texture is supple and polished, but there’s a firm tannic backbone. Focused and harmonious, in the traditional style. Drink now through 2024.

94 points, Wine Spectator (Insider: Oct. 19, 2016)