La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 890 2010
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La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 890 2010, crafted by winemaker Julio Sáenz 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.