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La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 2015

$84.95
14.50% /
750ml /
Vintage: 2015
  • WS 92
  • WA 95
  • JS 97
  • TA 96
  • VIN 95
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    Crafted with precision and passion, the La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 2015 is a testament to the extraordinary winemaking skills of Julio Saenz. This exceptional wine is a celebration of the harmony between nature and craftsmanship, culminating in what is considered one of La Rioja Alta’s finest vintages. The 2015 vintage, marked by excellent weather conditions, allowed for an elegant balance of flavors, making the La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 a symbol of the winery’s commitment to excellence.
    The 904 Rioja, primarily comprised of Tempranillo with a touch of Graciano, is sourced from the esteemed vineyards of Villalba, Briñas, Rodezno, and Montecillo. The meticulous care in the vineyard, combined with innovative techniques like optical grape selection and careful barrel aging, has resulted in a wine that not only resonates with La Rioja Alta’s storied history but also promises an evolution with aging.
    Upon pouring, the 904 wine reveals a medium-high robe, its garnet rim hinting at the complexity within. The bouquet of the La Rioja Alta 904 Gran Reserva is a kaleidoscope of aromas: wild strawberry, red cherry, and blackberry blend seamlessly with nuanced undertones of tobacco, ground coffee, and cedar. This aromatic complexity is a signature of the La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva.
    On the palate, La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 2015 offers a symphony of flavors. The balance between the alcohol and acidity is masterful, allowing the polished tannins and freshness to create a smooth, refined mouthfeel. The 904 La Rioja Alta shines with a fine, delicate, and prolonged aftertaste, promising a journey that continues to evolve in the bottle.
    The La Rioja Alta 904 is especially recommended for special occasions and celebrations. Its versatility makes it an ideal companion for a range of dishes, from meats and fish to chocolate desserts, or as a distinguished after-dinner drink.
    The La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 2015 has garnered widespread acclaim, a testament to its exceptional quality. James Suckling awarded it 97 points, praising its perfumed nose and balanced, supple nature. The Penin Guide echoed this sentiment with another 97 points, highlighting its complex aroma and flavorful palate. Tim Atkin’s 96 points celebrated its sweet spices and chalky freshness, while John Gilman’s 95 points lauded its stunning bouquet and classic finish. The Wine Advocate also gave 95 points, emphasizing its subtlety and elegance. Vinous appreciated its vivid ruby color and expansive aromas, granting it 95 points.
    The La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 price reflects its status as a premium wine, offering a luxurious experience that is worth the investment. As for the La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 best year, the 2015 vintage stands out, making it a highly sought-after bottle for collectors and connoisseurs alike.
    In summary, the La Rioja Gran Reserva 904 from La Rioja Alta is more than just a wine; it’s a celebration of a vintage that has been expertly crafted into a masterpiece. Its complexity, elegance, and depth are a tribute to the timeless tradition of winemaking at La Rioja Alta.

    22 reviews for La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 2015

    1. Earl Casanova

      The La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva 904 is a captivating experience for wine lovers. The blend of oak, vanilla, and cherry flavors creates a rich palate, while subtle earthy undertones add complexity. This 904 Rioja is worth every penny for its price. The best year of La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 is still a topic of debate, but each bottle promises a delightful journey of taste.

    2. James Price

      The La Rioja Alta 904 is a masterpiece. The balsamic and strawberry flavors are a delightful surprise, with a hint of raspberry to round it off. It’s a bottle of absolute joy.

    3. Garrett Schuchart

      The 904 La Rioja Alta is a symphony of flavors. The boldness of tobacco and leather is balanced by the sweetness of red fruit, creating an intriguing taste. A hint of smoke and cedar adds a unique twist to this La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva. It’s the perfect wine to savour and enjoy.

    4. Jessie Peters

      The La Rioja Gran Reserva 904 is a feast for the palate. The black cherry and dill notes are a delicious treat, with a hint of clove to spice things up. It’s the perfect companion for a cozy night in.

    5. Brenda Hurrell

      The 904 La Rioja Alta is a classic. The dill and clove flavors are a tantalizing combination. It’s a wine that takes you on a journey of taste.

    6. Susan Deacy

      The La Rioja 904 is a rich experience. The forest floor and mint flavors are a refreshing mix, with a hint of toast to round it off. It’s a wine for those who love nature.

    7. Sharon Pearse

      The La Rioja Alta 904 is a medley of flavors. The dark fruit and coffee notes are a delightful pairing, with a hint of black cherry to sweeten the deal. It’s like a dessert in a bottle.

    8. Janet Stevens

      The 904 La Rioja Alta is a sensory delight. The cigar box and blackcurrant notes are a harmonious blend, with a hint of blueberry to soften the edge. It’s a wine that sings.

    9. Nicole Turner

      The La Rioja 904 is a masterpiece. The cream and cinnamon flavors are a delightful surprise, with a hint of prune to round it off. It’s a bottle of absolute joy.

    10. Shawn Akin

      The La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 Best Year is a revelation. I was taken on a journey of coconut, black fruit, and mushroom flavors. It’s a wine that tells a story.

    11. Patricia Faust

      The La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva is a medley of flavors. The cream and cinnamon notes are a delightful pairing, with a hint of prune to sweeten the deal. It’s like a dessert in a bottle.

    12. Allison Sain

      The La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 is a revelation. The red cherry and caramel flavors are a delicious treat, with a hint of cigar box to spice things up. It’s the perfect companion for a cozy night in.

    13. Patrick Mihaly

      The La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 is a symphony of flavors. The oak and vanilla notes are pronounced, with a subtle hint of cherry. It’s like a warm, comforting blanket in a bottle.

    14. Tiffany Rivera

      The La Rioja Alta 904 has a robust flavor profile. The red cherry and caramel notes are a tantalizing combination. It’s a wine that takes you on a journey of taste.

    15. Rafael Johnson

      The 904 Rioja is a treat for the senses. It’s a blend of smoke, chocolate, and blackberry. It’s like sitting by a campfire while enjoying a rich dessert.

    16. Ileana Harris

      The La Rioja Alta 904 Gran Reserva is a feast for the senses. The leather and red fruit flavors are a bold combination, with a hint of smoke to finish. It’s a wine for those who love a challenge.

    17. Juan Cipolla

      The La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 Price is worth every penny. The pepper and dark fruit flavors are a bold combination, with a hint of coffee to finish. It’s a wine for those who love adventure.

    18. Ella Philips

      The La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 is a rich experience. The coconut and black fruit flavors are a refreshing mix, with a hint of pepper to round it off. It’s a wine for those who love adventure.

    19. Jennifer Williams

      I’m a big fan of the La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904. It has a rich, earthy flavor with a hint of plum and cedar. The tobacco undertones create a unique taste sensation.

    20. Darwin Gillespie

      The La Rioja Alta 904 Gran Reserva is a symphony of flavors. The oak and vanilla notes are pronounced, with a subtle hint of cherry. It’s like a warm, comforting blanket in a bottle.

    21. Helen Brown

      The La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 is a treat. The cranberry and cassis flavors are a bright pairing, with a hint of raisin for sweetness. It’s a wine that makes a statement.

    22. Adam Hansen

      The 904 Rioja is a sensory delight. The blackberry and balsamic notes are a harmonious blend, with a hint of raspberry to soften the edge. It’s a wine that sings.

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    Critical Acclaim

    WS 92
    Wine Spectator
    This elegant, sanguine red offers supple layers of dried cherry, sandalwood, vanilla and Kalamata olive, supported by smooth tannins. Hints of leather, tobacco, mineral and anise echo on the finish. A balanced, traditional style red. Drink now through 2031. 12,500 cases made, 3,200 cases imported.
    WA 95
    Wine Advocate
    They used the words subtlety, elegance, finesse, delicacy and silk to define the 2015 Gran Reserva 904 Selección Especial, a blend of 90% Tempranillo from their vineyards in Villalba, Briñas and Rodezno with 10% Graciano from the Montecillo vineyard in Fuenmayor that was picked 23 days later than the Tempranillo. The grapes were sorted optically for the first time, and they fermented in stainless steel where the wine went through malolactic too. The wine was put in barrel in January 2016—used American oak barrels built by their own coopers—where it matured for four years, during which time it was racked every six months. 2015 was a healthy vintage with balanced ripeness that delivered wines with good aging potential. They thought the wine needed a little more time in bottle to polish those tannins and have decided to hold it and release the wine around March 2023; it will be marked Selección Especial, the first 904 to do so, as they have very high hopes for this year and believe it's one of the finest vintages. They think it will develop the sophistication in the palate with a little more time and that is should achieve the silkiness that is the signature of 904. This is very 2015; I saw quite strong tannins in all the 2015 wines I tasted from Rioja Alta.
    JS 97
    James Suckling
    A perfumed nose of plums, mulberries, mushrooms, caramel, sweet tobacco and sweet spices. Full-bodied with velvety, fine tannins and lively acidity. Balanced and supple with a creamy texture. Delicate and precise with a long, polished finish.
    TA 96
    Tim Atkins
    One of a pair of current releases of 904, both of them from warmer vintages, this delightful 2015 is a felicitous cuvée of Tempranillo and 10% Graciano. All sourced from higher altitude vineyards, this will reward further time in bottle, showing classic sweet spices, fine tannins, layers of red and black fruits and chalky freshness.
    VIN 95
    Vinous
    Vivid ruby. Expansive red and blue fruit preserve, tobacco, potpourri, spice and botanical herb aromas, with vanilla and smoky mineral notes emerging as the wine opens up. Sappy, penetrating and gently chewy on the palate, offering vibrant, mineral- and spice-accented black raspberry, bitter cherry and rose pastille flavors that deepen and turn sweeter on the back half. Shows sharp focus and floral lift on the impressively long, youthfully tannic finish, which leaves behind notes of candied blue fruits and spicecake.

    What does La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 2015 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, green apple, peach

    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, toasted bread

    Vegetal notes found in the wine

    tomato, grass, rhubarb

    raisin, fig, prune

    tropical, mango, starfruit

    Floral aromas found in the wine

    violet, lavender, potpourri

    Food Pairing with La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 2015

    Our wine experts think this Red Wine La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 2015 wine would be a match made in heaven with these dishes. Bon appétit!

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