La Rioja Alta, Gran Reserva 890 2004


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95% Tempranillo and 2% Mazuelo from estate-owned vineyards in Briñas, Labastida and Villalba, and 3% Graciano from our Montecillo vineyard, the first Gran Reserva 890 in which Graciano grapes from this vineyard were used. The 2004 vintage was officially rated 'Excellent' by the D.O.Ca. Rioja Control Board. Only the best clusters were taken to the winery in small refrigerated boxes. After painstaking destemming and crushing, the grapes were transferred to tanks and fermented at controlled temperatures. After the winter, a new selection process was carried out, and then the wine was aged for 6 years in American oak barrels. The barrels were manufactured in La Rioja Alta’s cooperage, with wood imported from the USA and dried at the facilities for three years. During the 10 rackings, a further selection of the barrels was performed to be used for the final blend, which was bottled in March 2011. Medium-depth cherry-red with a pale pink rim. Very intense, clean aromas, with dominating balsamic and spicy notes —vanilla, caramel, chocolate mint and spices against a fruity background of prunes and dried apricots. Well-balanced in the mouth, with an elegant acidity, good structure, round, polished tannins and an oily finish. The aftertaste is ample and very long, with notes of sweet fruit and marked liquorice. A wine that represents the elegance and classicism of Rioja Gran Reservas.

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