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La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 890 2010

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Vintage: 2010
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    La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 890 2010, crafted by winemaker Julio Saenz at the prestigious La Rioja Alta winery, is a remarkable wine that showcases the excellence of the 2010 harvest. This vintage, considered one of the best of the 21st century, benefited from ideal weather conditions, resulting in outstanding vegetative and sanitary conditions. The grapes thrived, producing medium-sized, loose bunches with small berries. Abundant sunny mornings and cool nights during the growing season allowed the grapes to ripen slowly and evenly, contributing to wines of exceptional freshness and complexity. The 2010 vintage has been officially rated as Excellent, a testament to its outstanding quality.

    This Gran Reserva 890 is a blend of Tempranillo (95%), Mazuelo (2%), and Graciano (3%) sourced from La Rioja Alta’s own vineyards in Briñas, Labastida, Villalba, and Fuenmayor. The hand-harvested grapes were carefully transported to the winery in refrigerated vehicles. After gentle destemming and crushing, the musts underwent an 18-day alcoholic fermentation in tanks. The Tempranillo and Mazuelo grapes were co-fermented in the vineyard, while the Graciano was handled separately. Natural malolactic fermentation took place over four months. Following winter stabilisation, the best lots were selected and aged in barrels for an impressive six years, with ten traditional rackings.

    In the glass, La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 890 2010 exhibits a captivating medium garnet red color with a subtle iodine tinge on the rim. The scent of this wine exhibits the traditional Rioja aromas such as cherry jam, black plum compote, tobacco leaf, cinnamon, vanilla, pepper, and chocolate powder.On the palate, this wine delights with refined tannins and a gentle freshness that contribute to its elegant and pleasant mouthfeel. Its bouquet is broad, complex, and round, culminating in an elegant finish. With its timeless character, this Gran Reserva 890 promises a long and rewarding aging potential.

    The critical acclaim for this wine further attests to its excellence. Wine Advocate awarded it an impressive 97 points, praising its classical style, long aging in barrel, and complex nose of forest floor, truffles, cigar ash, and cedar wood. Renowned wine critic James Suckling also bestowed 97 points, describing its fragrant nose of blackberries, plums, earth, dried flowers, leather, cloves, sweet tobacco, and cigar box. The wine’s full-bodied nature, seamless tannins, fresh acidity, and velvety texture contribute to its exceptional balance and layered complexity, leading to a lingering and beautiful finish.

    75 reviews for La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 890 2010

    1. Rafael Dabney

      En Premier (Lavinia – Madrid) has a promising nose, silky texture and potential. Darker than 1998. Will be available to buy next year.

    2. Lisa Brown

      Top-class Gran Reserva Rioja with impressive balance of wood, tannins and acidity. Raspberry and strawberry aromas linger well and make it a competitor for many.

    3. Hulda Costa

      Magnificent Rioja with incredible depth, balance, and a hug of strawberry, damson and plum. Firm acid, soft tannins, and a profound finish. Timeless ‘Selección Especial’.

    4. Aisha Kent

      Great potential with big strawberry and sour cherry nose, tangy orange finish. Needs time to mellow.

    5. Felix Abrego

      First bottle from a case of 12. Needs more decanting time to open up. Great potential, 93 points, will try again in a couple of years.

    6. Harry Park

      La Rioja Alta 890 2001 SE is a great wine with a perfect balance, structure, and length. It needs a lot of aeration but definitely worth the price. 93p.

    7. Thomas Moore

      Impressive.

    8. Luis Shannon

      Rioja – perfect with Cohiba Behike. Notes of jam, licorice, wood, soil, tobacco on the nose. Plum, dried berries on the palate. Complex, long finish. Tannins integrated. Needs cellaring.

    9. Carol Warner

      – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – -, Els12golafres Wine Tasting Group: http://vinosclasicos.blogspot.com.es/2014/12/la-rioja-alta-890-seleccion-especial.html, – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – -, Sorprende ya de entrada por su profundo color granatoso de capa media-alta, oscuro, tapado. Inusualmente cubierto para un 890, incluso en el momento de su salida al mercado. Límpido, brillante, con tímidos reflejos rojizos. Borde estrecho, anaranjado, con marcada diferencia respecto al menisco. , En nariz rezuma juventud. Es todo potencia y exageración. Viene nervioso y cargado de notas tostadas, tripas de habano, maderas exóticas – perfumadas (cedro, sándalo), ceniza, que empujan sin lograrlo una cantidad enorme de fruta negra madura, con una punta vegetal, casi apimentonada, y un fondo de hojas de laurel y hierbas aromáticas. Apabulla en todos los sentidos pero de tanta intensidad se pierden los detalles., En boca es de tacto sedoso pero concentrado y sápido, especiado, sólido como el granito. Convence: lo tiene todo!! Su acidez es hiriente, vengativa con nuestro paladar, sosteniendo un ensamblaje de fruta y madera, apenas avainillada, en su justa medida. No le falta brío, va sobrado de energía. Fresco, lleno, vibrante, con taninos firmísimos que el tiempo no ha ni comenzado a erosionar. Placer embotellado!!, Primer vino probado de 2001, cambio de siglo, y no podía ser de otra manera que de la mano de un 890 de La Rioja Alta. Lo que encontramos es prometedor y comenzamos a pensar que la cosecha de 2001 no sólo dio memorables medias crianzas y excelentes reservas. Teníamos muchas dudas pero parece que estamos ante una de las grandes añadas. Se verá… La impresión general es de tener en la copa un artefacto bien armado, sólido, con una extraordinaria materia prima pero absolutamente crudo. Aún está por hacerse. Quien busque un gran reserva riojano al uso, civilizado-amable-fácil de beber, con éste se sentirá defraudado. Estamos ante el augurio de algo muy grande que puede llegar si tenemos paciencia y nos hacemos con unas cuantas botellas ahora mismo. Este vino va a desaparecer en poco tiempo. , – – – Wine Info – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – -, 95% tempranillo, 3% graciano, 2% mazuelo – 13.5% vol., La tempranillo proviene de los viñedos propios más viejos ubicados en la subzona de la Rioja Alta, principalmente de los municipios de Briñas, Labastida y Villalba. El resto de la uva es originaria de las fincas Melchorón I y II de Briones y Rodezno. Todos los viñedos tienen una edad superior a 40 años., Selección de la uva a pie de viñedo. Transporte en cajas refrigeradas. Realiza la fermentación en depósitos de acero inoxidable a temperatura controlada, no superior a 30 grados. Segunda selección de los vinos para su posterior crianza. Trasegado a barricas de roble americano de 225 litros (20% nuevos, 80% de 4 años) elaboradas de forma artesa por la tonelería de la propia bodega. Es sometido a crianza durante 72 meses con un total de 12 trasiegas manuales en la emblemática nave Vigier. Embotellado directamente de barrica, sin filtrar, en marzo de 2008. Producción limitada a 15.900 botellas de 75 cl., – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

    10. Salvador Peden

      Riojas at Donato Enoteca in Redwood City, CA has an excellent nose and a very good palate, but a short finish.

    11. Martin Stevenson

      Silky-textured, delicious wine with baked black fruit, sauteed mushroom, and ripe cherry notes. Maturing well, could use 4-plus years. Medium-plus finish.

    12. George Damewood

      Best Rioja ever, with classic clay smoke circle surrounding red cherry/blackberry center. Lush dark/red center with tobacco, smoke, licorice and berry melange. Slow drinking, complexity increases. Achieves star status, comparable to Moro in the Ribera. Worth the price.

    13. Donald Mitchell

      Medium-bodied with a perfect blend of cherry, coconut, and chocolate notes. Well-balanced and complex with a long, satisfying finish.

    14. Sandra Pulley

      Beautiful and rustic wine with a barnyard bouquet. Notes of coffee, chocolate, and good acidity. Great tannin and can last another decade.

    15. Rhonda Terry

      Great wine! Perfect with Spanish cheeses and cured meats. Can be enjoyed now or kept for later. No need to decant.

    16. James Freeman

      Palate-pleasing with musty tobacco, sous-bois, mushroom, and leather notes. Creamy texture with black mid-palate, lingering acidic taste. Ready to drink; decanting not needed.

    17. Ralph Ciriaco

      Younger than the 2004 904, but with concentrated fruits and silky tannins. Beautifully supple and will improve with age.

    18. Johnnie Humphries

      Intense aromas of black cherry, vanilla, cedar, cigar, and soil. Full-bodied, complete, and dense with a long life. Bonkers good.

    19. Richard Mckinney

      Clean, deep garnet color. Medium+ intense aroma of oak, vanilla, nuts, sweet cherry, dark berries, and floral undertones. Medium+ body, flavor intensity, and acidity with fine tannins. Long, smooth finish. Absurdly well-balanced, complex, and outstanding quality. Great potential for aging. 93-94p.

    20. Christopher Keene

      Exceptional wine with notes of black cherry, tar, and earthy Spanish clay. Decant for an hour to experience its lush, deep tawny/garnet red tint and fruit. Decades of life ahead.

    21. Donald Allbritton

      The cork smells amazing & complex. Notes of dark cherry, mushrooms, aged oak on the nose & palate. Tastes young for a 2004, with tannins. Can cellar for 10+ years. Excellent balance & complexity.

    22. Richard Wilson

      Ruby color with lighter edges. Plum and floral nose. Dark berry, tobacco, and cedar spice flavors. Soft mouthfeel. Great now and in the future.

    23. Janis Fabian

      La Rioja Alta GR Vertical Tasting – Barn odors, thyme, and coffee breath on the nose. Drying and serious in the mouth. A thoroughbred 890. Sleeping for 25 years.

    24. Rose James

      Intense and lively Rioja with layers of dark fruit and fine tannins. Enjoy now, unsure of potential for aging.

    25. Christine Clark

      Initial leanness with strong oak & acidity transitions to intense raspberry/blueberry perfume mixed with dark earth. High intensity flavor profile, but not heavy juice. Intense underbrush and dark fruit nose. Interesting stuff.

    26. Carolyn Coleman

      “Earthy with nice acid” – Russk Parker’s Matter of Taste at the Moore Bldg.

    27. Melvina Leonard

      Young red with notes of coconut, vanilla, and red berries. Slightly sour taste but not unpleasant. Tannins not fully resolved.

    28. Bessie Marquez

      Review: Complex nose, great acidity, and long finish. Improves in the glass. Better than expected. 95-96p.

    29. Erica Smith

      Dark red with no signs of aging. A complex nose with leather, wood, and cedar. Great acidity and tannin finish on the palate with a long finish. A must-try wine with a promising future.

    30. Curtis Pharmer

      Superb wine with a fantastic nose of red and dark fruit, spices, tobacco, smoke, and leather. Soft on the palate with lovely fruit, great acidity, and a nice tannic backbone, resulting in a great balance. Long-lasting finish. Drink or keep. 94-95+.

    31. Dorothy Connors

      Classic Rioja style with evolved complexity, zingy tannin and acidity. Earthy, gamey leather notes. Lacks weight.

    32. Mildred Rousse

      Perfumed with Burgundy-like nose, but with American oak notes of vanilla, tobacco, and spice. Enjoyed at Hide in London. Keep for full Rioja Gran Reserva experience.

    33. Charles Gilliland

      An aristocratic medium-bodied wine with impeccable feel and great balance. Cherry, strawberry, tobacco, leather, balsamic, cedar notes. Old yet amazingly fresh with calibrated acidity. Tastes like a high-end Italian wine.

    34. Anthony Philpott

      Eminent Especial with chocolate, coffee, amaretto, mint, sweet spices, and rhum notes. Harmoniously balanced and matured finish.

    35. Nathaniel Dugan

      Intensely fruity with herbal and sable notes. The bouquet is rounded off with coca cola, floral and mushroom hints. Fresh and fruity palate with high acidity and structural tannins. Beats the 2007 Gran Reserva.

    36. Brian Watts

      This Rioja gem is medium+ body, young, dark and seductive. It will improve with cellaring, but already good to drink. A clear, precise nose with ripe fruit on the palate. Smooth tannins and good acidity. It improved with air.

    37. Alicia Perez

      Excellent Rioja at Armit, Claridge’s. Seductive with complex flavors of dust, hedgerow, herby and sweet oak. Busy with sustained impressions, but not yet mature. Value for money? Feels like a minimum of £70.

    38. Felicia Drinkard

      Outstanding Rioja with notes of brambles, black pepper, and violets. Excellently balanced with nice easy tannins and good acidity. Will keep well.

    39. Peter Silveira

      Primary fruit and lots of vanilla. Really good but really young (for a La Rioja Alta 890). Suggestion – lay it down for 10 more years before trying again.

    40. Tammie Coffey

      Wine is youthful.

    41. Robin Carpenter

      Drinkable and enjoyable now, but still young. Best Rioja I’ve ever had. Saving remaining 3 for 5+ years to see how it develops.

    42. Richard Laporte

      Unimpressive and overpriced. 904 is a better option at the moment.

    43. Adam Trevino

      Balanced red fruit with vanilla and spices, medium garnet color. Nothing wrong, but not worth the cost. Better on day 2.

    44. Joel Fitzgerald

      Beautiful wine with crisp acidity and freshness. Light on its feet but with plenty of stuffing. Red cherries and cranberries with barnyard complexity. Soft tannins in the background.

    45. Zoe Jones

      Review: Full-bodied with black and red fruits, berries, earthy, and a hint of sweetness. Good potential, but needs more time. Hold.

    46. Charles Medders

      Complex and intense Rioja-style wine with notes of vanilla, coconut, licorice, red berry, sesame, walnut, and mushroom. High acidity, tannin, and alcohol result in a full-bodied taste. Good wine, but not truly worthy according to Jancis Robinson. Drink now or hold, won’t develop much more but will last.

    47. Christine Cadorette

      No changes necessary as there is no existing review to work with.

    48. Curtis Vil

      LRA’s clarity is nice but the palate is acidic. Nose has sophisticated graphite, coffee, mocha, cassis, dust, dill and mint. Palate has cassis, prune, toasted coconut but acid builds with balsamic bite. Not worth $180, better options available.

    49. Carolyn Bower

      La Rioja Alta’s 12-year-old wine presented by Francisco Copas at a Zoom tasting hosted by Caviste, UK was good but overpriced compared to their other wines. Plummy colour with a mature, earthy nose and a full palate of forest fruits, veggie, leathery, and classy notes.

    50. Robert Johanson

      Impressive depth, great acidity, mellow tannins. Wonderfully balanced and smooth with remarkable length. Sweet fruit, tobacco, cedar wood, vanilla, spices. Drink or keep. 93-95.

    51. Richard Bush

      Palate is languid. Walnut/corked smell at start, eases gently. Has many years ahead.

    52. Robert Graves

      Memorable Tempranillo wine with earthy notes of tart raspberry, mineral, and mushrooms. Long finish.

    53. Nicolas Lee

      Enjoyed with Singers. Fabulous!

    54. Mary Bishop

      Pleasant long floral finish…truly enjoyable.

    55. Larry Nelson

      Silky and balanced with fleshy dark fruit and vanilla hints. Good length finish. Enjoy now.

    56. Patricia Thomas

      Decant for at least 3 hours, or even better, 5 hours. Slow to start, but improves with exposure.

    57. Mary Nichols

      Stunning wine with dried cherry, cigar and American oak notes. Allow some time for optimal enjoyment.

    58. Luella Dooley

      Delicious bottle with a perfect blend of red fruits, rioja warmth, and integrated tannin. Silky smooth yet strong. Improves with age.

    59. Joseph Young

      Adore it, not just like!

    60. Andrew Carman

      Review: The Smoked Beef at Chans (Cedar, Singapore) is a true delight to drink. It has a bright and juicy palate with velvety tannins. The nose is a lovely melange of sweet red cherries, dried flowers, and fragrant baking spices. Give it 4-5 years to become absolutely lovely.

    61. Tony Tabor

      Balanced earthy notes of straw and cedar shavings with dry cherry notes. Aired for two hours. Drink by 2027.

    62. Alvina Guyer

      Gran Reserva 890 ‘Seleccion Especial’ – Silky, classic, and seductive. Youthful fruit with mature Rioja notes. Expensive, but 904 is better value.

    63. Larry Clay

      Vanilla, toffee, cocoa, and red fruits coat the mouth in this amazing Rioja wine. Love it.

    64. James Grant

      Young, bold, dark fruits with mineral undertones and a long finish. Tannins still prominent. A treat, but not an everyday option due to price.

    65. Curtis Day

      Thin and simple.

    66. Rigoberto Rowe

      PNP Fonda Barcelona is a significant improvement from the 2011 904. More depth, concentration, and complexity. A second bottle was consumed on Seabourn, this time with a 2-hour decant.

    67. Robert Elder

      Brief and underwhelming.

    68. Charlotte Tebo

      Unimpressed. Thin on the palate and not interesting. Needs to try again.

    69. Walter Pascua

      Fresh and balanced, with creamy notes of red fruit and subtle hints of spice. The 2010 vintage lacks typical aged characteristics, but is finely crafted with a smooth and delicate texture. The Rioja region’s iconic 890 wine is a delightful and approachable choice for any wine enthusiast.

    70. Harold Long

      Needs more time to achieve balance. Fruity with oak, berry and leather aroma. Red cherry dominates on the palate with mild tannins and surprising acidity. Drinkable in 4-6 years.

    71. Branden Hartmann

      Decant for 3 hours before serving to truly appreciate its flavor, contrary to other reviews. Not a thin wine.

    72. Kevin Little

      “Delightful red fruit leather. No need to hurry for the next bottle.”

    73. Ruth Reed

      Well made but needs 5-10 more years. Fruit forward with great acidity. Worth $100, not $200.

    74. Eric Rabe

      93 at first sip, but a solid 94 after. Decant for more than an hour to mellow out woody notes. Enjoyed the bright fruit as the dinner progressed.

    75. Danny Leblanc

      Wine improves after 2-3 hours in decanter. Medium+ body with orange peels, tobacco, spice, oolong tea leaf, cherry, and plum notes. Thin body. #6880/57036.

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    Critical Acclaim

    WA 97
    Wine Advocate
    They were eager to show me their 2010 Gran Reserva 890, their flagship wine from one of the most heralded vintages of recent times, the next vintage of this wine since 2005. It's 95% Tempranillo, 3% Graciano and 2% Mazuelo that fermented destemmed and crushed with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel vats for 18 days, the Tempranillo and Mazuelo together and the Graciano separately. After letting the wine settle for the winter, they selected the lots that would age for six years in used American oak barrels with 10 manual rackings. The wine epitomizes the classical style of Rioja Alta with long aging in barrel, developed and tertiary wines with a silky palate and a complex and decadent nose of forest floor, truffles, cigar ash and cedar wood. They need a very special selection of vineyards at higher altitude that take longer to ripen, and they don't do it fully every year.
    JS 97
    James Suckling
    A fragrant nose of blackberries, plums, earth, dried flowers, leather, cloves, sweet tobacco and cigar box. Full-bodied with seamless tannins and fresh acidity. Balanced and layered with great tension. Elegant, with a velvety texture and a long finish. Such length and beauty now with so much age.

    What does La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 890 2010 taste like?


    Light
    Bold
    Smooth
    Tannic
    Dry
    Sweet
    Soft
    Acidic
    Earthy Flavors of the wine

    leather, earthy, mushroom

    Red Fruit flavors of the wine

    cherry, raspberry, red fruit

    Oaky Flavors of the wine

    oak, tobacco, vanilla

    apple, melon, apricot

    Black Fruit Flavors of the wine

    blackberry, plum, dark fruit

    Aromas and Flavors of Spices in the wine

    pepper, licorice, cinnamon

    Citrus notes found in the wine

    citrus, lemon, grapefruit

    cheese, cream, oil

    Vegetal notes found in the wine

    tomato, grass, asparagus

    raisin, fig, prune

    tropical, tamarind, guava

    Floral aromas found in the wine

    violet, lavender, potpourri

    Food Pairing with La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 890 2010

    Our wine experts think this Red Wine La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 890 2010 wine would be a match made in heaven with these dishes. Bon appétit!

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