2007 La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904, Rioja (750ml)

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# ESRATE07AE
Country: Spain
Region: Rioja
Grape Varietal: Tempranillo
Review Score: 97JS, 95WA
Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%
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Wonderful purity of fruit with a strawberry, currant and plum character. Full and velvety body with ultra-fine tannins and a delicious fresh and fruity finish. Classic Rioja style. Que lindo! Drink now.

97 points, James Suckling (Oct 2016)

If Viña Ardanza seems to be going fast, the Gran Reserva 904 is even faster and we're now on the 2007 Gran Reserva 904. This wants to be the classic Gran Reserva--polished, silky and elegant, with aging potential. It is a blend of Tempranillo with 10% Mazuelo aged for four years in well-seasoned American oak barrels, with eight manual rackings. I found that the freshness of the vintage and its relatively young age gave the wine a youngish character that I loved, combining developed notes of meat, spices, leather and balsam with almost cherry-like aromas. The palate feels balanced and elegant, with fine-grained and fully resolved tannins and great acidity. This vintage of 904 surprised me! 150,000 bottles produced.

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