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La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 2011

La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904

2011
94
PARKER
96
PEÑÍN
97
DECANTER
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Spec sheet

TypeRed wine
Region
Grapes
Producer
AllergensContains sulfites
Alcohol contenti14.5%
Production150,000 bottles

The wine

The Gran Reserva 904 is probably the winery's best wine. A wine with an excellent quality-price ratio, a Tempranillo and Graciano coupage, with four years of ageing in American oak. A wine of great balance, very seductive, another great classic only produced in the best vintage years.

In 1904, Don Alfredo Ardanza, one of the founders of the initial enterprise and owner of Bodegas Ardanza, proposed the union of both companies. To celebrate this, a very special wine was launched onto the market which was called Reserva 1904 then, but it would become the precursor of the current Gran Reserva 904.

What does this wine taste like?

Light
Bold
Smooth
Tannic
Dry
Sweet
Soft
Acidic

Drinking and storing

Serve between 17ºC and 18ºC

Food pairing

embutidos-y-jamon
Sausages and ham
aves-y-carnes-blancas
Poultry and white meats
carnes-rojas
Red meat
quesos-curados
Cured cheeses
pescados
Fish
cocidos-y-potajes
Stews and casseroles
arroces
Rice

Ratings and awards

201597 PN
201194 PK96 PN97 DC
201096+ PK17 JR96 PN98 SK94 DC
200995+ PK17 JR96 PN97 DC
200795 PK17.5 JR95 PN91 DC
200596 PK17.5 JR95 PN90 DC
PK: ParkerJR: Jancis robinsonPN: PeñínSK: SucklingDC: Decanter

Wine critics reviewsReviews by Parker and Jancis Robinson

I usually prefer the 904 to the 890, but there will be no Gran Reserva 890 until the 2010 vintage (from the last vintage I tasted, 2005). So, the only one of the extended-aging Haro-style reds I tasted this time was the 2011 Gran Reserva 904, which had a hard act to follow after the 2010 vintage. It's a blend of 89% Tempranillo and 11% Graciano matured in American oak barrels for four years, and it was racked eight times from barrel to barrel during its élevage, which sounds a bit harsh for a vintage like 2011 when the wines were not as complete and robust as in 2010. It has the classic profile, aromas and flavors (decayed leaves, tobacco, sweet spices, a meaty touch and some black fruit), but the oak seems to take a more leading role and the palate feels less juicy. It finishes dry. The final blend was bottled in November 2016, filling 150,000 bottles.

— Luis Gutiérrez (30/10/2020)Robert Parker Wine Advocate Vintage 2011 - 94 PARKER

Lots of vanilla and cream on the nose. This is the archetype of traditional Rioja! There is a touch of volatility on the nose, but plenty of juicy red fruit too. The tannins have faded into the background and the acid is soft too. Long and oak-scented on the finish, with perhaps a touch of meat juice too. Not quite a blow-away bottle, but certainly a grande dame.

— Richard Hemming (10/02/2021)JancisRobinson.com Vintage 2010 - 17 JANCIS ROBINSON

Customer reviews

4.8/5
43 reviews
Vintage:

Winemaking

Ageing period48 months
Barrel ageMostly new
Type of woodAmerican oak

Vineyards

Vine age60 years
SoilCalcareous-clay
ClimateContinental with Atlantic influence

The winery

La Rioja Alta

La Rioja Alta

La Rioja Alta is one of Rioja's historic wineries, creator of such emblematic brands as Viña Ardanza, Viña Arana, Viña Alberdi, Gran Reserva 890 and Gran Reserva 904. All of their wines are excellent and clearly exemplify what it means to be a great Rioja classic these days, in present times. Their wines are elegant, complex and sophisticated like those of the past, but with more body, colour and robustness, wines adapted to the gastronomical demands of...

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