La Rioja Alta ‘Gran Reserva 904’ 2015
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La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 2015 is a remarkable wine crafted by the prestigious winery La Rioja Alta, under the expertise of their skilled winemaker, Julio Sáenz. Hailing from the renowned Rioja appellation in Spain, this wine embodies the essence of the region with its exceptional quality and aging potential.
The 2015 harvest experienced ideal weather conditions, resulting in grapes that exhibited excellent vegetative and sanitary conditions. The vineyards located at higher elevations, cooler areas, and moderate vigor produced fruit with perfectly balanced components. Sign variations, sunny mornings, and cold nights marked the ripening stage which contributed to a well-rounded maturation process. As a result, the wines showcase a fresh, Atlantic character, elegant acidity, intense fruit flavors, and harmonious, silky tannins, making them particularly suitable for long-term aging.
This Gran Reserva 904 is predominantly made from the noble Tempranillo grape variety, comprising 90% of the blend. The grapes are carefully selected from vineyards in Villalba, Briñas, and Rodezno, and are complemented by 10% Graciano sourced from the Montecillo vineyard in Fuenmayor. To ensure the preservation of fruit integrity, the grapes are individually handpicked into small boxes and transported in refrigerated vehicles. This vintage marks the first time the grapes underwent optical selection, with only the highest-quality berries meeting the winery’s stringent standards for this wine.
Following a 21-day alcoholic fermentation in tanks, the wine undergoes malolactic fermentation. In January 2016, the finest wines are chosen for aging in American oak barrels crafted by the winery’s in-house coopers, with an average age of four and a half years. Over four years, the wine matures in these barrels, undergoing traditional rackings performed manually and by candlelight every six months. Finally, in February 2020, the final blend is bottled.
The La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 2015 has a medium-high intensity color with an elegant garnet rim that is pleasing to the senses. The wine has a remarkable mix of aromas, including wild strawberry, red cherry, plum, blackberry, and cranberry. These are well-balanced with other enticing aromas like tobacco, brioche, ground coffee, caramel, cedar, and cinnamon blossom. On the palate, the alcohol and acidity are seamlessly balanced, accompanied by polished, gentle tannins that deliver a smooth and refined mouthfeel. The wine concludes with a fine, delicate, and exceptionally long aftertaste, which will further develop with bottle aging, showcasing its tremendous cellaring potential.
This wine has garnered critical acclaim, with Wine Spectator awarding it 92 points for its supple layers of dried cherry, sandalwood, vanilla, and Kalamata olive, supported by smooth tannins. Wine Advocate awarded it an impressive 95 points, praising its subtlety, elegance, finesse, delicacy, and silkiness. James Suckling, with 97 points, commended its perfumed nose, full-bodied character, velvety tannins, and long, polished finish. Tim Atkins awarded it 96 points, highlighting its sweet spices, fine tannins, layered red and black fruits, and chalky freshness. Vinous granted it 95 points, describing its vibrant red and blue fruit aromas, sappy and chewy palate, and youthfully tannic finish with floral lift.
La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 2015 is a wine that epitomizes the mastery of La Rioja Alta and showcases the essence of Rioja’s winemaking tradition. Its exceptional quality and cellaring potential make it a treasure for wine enthusiasts seeking a memorable and age-worthy experience.