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Gran Reserva 904, La Rioja Alta

Spain | 2011

£49 a bottle

The Gran Reserva 904, La Rioja Alta is Intense, deep cherry-red with a garnet-red rim. Intense and complex aromas, dominated by fruit (blackberry jam, raspberries and orange zest) that reveals underlying spicy and balsamic notes of cigar box, cedar liquorice, cloves, chocolate mints and toasted wood. Elegantly refined entry. Fresh and lively in the mouth, nicely balanced with polished, silky tannins and a gentle, delicate finish. Very long aftertaste, with citrus and balsamic notes that provide long, complex final sensations.

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Producer

In 1895, five enterprising families in Rioja Alta came together to form a company which would take local Spanish winemaking to an altogether higher level. Responding to the phylloxera crisis in Bordeaux, the families realised that, by banding together, they could offer a commercially viable way of filling the gap in supply of complex, well-structured red wines, based at a bodega in Haro’s Barrio de la Estación – the station quarter, which made export by rail fast and efficient.
Over the following decades, the Sociedad Vinícola de La Rioja Alta established and maintained the characteristics of what have become classic Riojas- particularly bright fruit and long oak ageing. Gradually, the company took control of every aspect of winemaking, not only controlling the winemaking and maturation but acquiring their own cooperage and bottling facility and, by the 1970s, instead of buying the bulk of their grapes from small growers, vinifying their own fruit.

Grape Variety

Tempranillo (89%) from vines over 60 years old planted in Briñas, Rodezno and Villalba, and Graciano (11%) from the Montecillo vineyard in the municipality of Fuenmayor.

Food Match

Main courses, all kinds of meats – particularly lamb, stews and desserts with couverture chocolate. Ideal as an after-dinner drink.

Alcohol Percentage

14.5%

Additional information

Grape Variety

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Vintage

2011

Country of Origin

Region

Rioja

Style

Full Bodied & Rich Reds

Food Pairing

Chocolate Dessert, Hard & Mature Cheese, Red Meats, Roast Lamb

Alcohol Percentage

14.5%

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