Bodegas Fernando Remirez de Ganuza Fincas de Ganuza Rioja Reserva 2004

Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain

Item No. 111216
  • red wine
  • collectible wine
  • ST93
  • RP91
  • WS91
Style: Big & Bold

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.0%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Ratings Pedigree:

Winemaker's Notes

Good dark brilliant cherry red, evolving gently to brick red along the edge. Intense and complex aromas show berry fruit with spicy, vanilla and a very fine toasty component, giving hints of the ageing process bouquet. Round, complex, well-structured, and well balanced tannins; shows fine acidity increasing overall freshness, conferring strength and elegance.

Critical Acclaim

"Bright ruby. A highly perfumed, expressive bouquet of raspberry, potpourri and Asian spices, with subtle smokiness. Acts more like an '05 than an '04, offering lively red fruit and spice flavors and a hint of candied rose. Rich but lithe, with very good finishing clarity and superb length. This is delicious now but built to age."
93 Points

"This muscular red delivers plum, currant, coffee and anise flavors, supported by chewy tannins yet kept focused by firm acidity. An expressive wine that’s still coming together. Better than previously reviewed. Drink now through 2022.."
91 Points

"The 2004 Fincas de Ganuza Reserva is composed of 90% Tempranillo and10% Graciano both from old vines. It is aged for 25 months in 50% new French and American oak before bottling without fining or filtration. A glass-coating opaque purple, the aromatic array includes earth notes, mineral, incense, black cherry, and blackberry. This leads to a mouth-filling, intensely flavored wine with good grip, excellent depth, and enough structure to evolve for several more years. This lengthy effort will deliver prime drinking from 2011 to 2019. "
91 Points

Learn About Bodegas Fernando Remirez de Ganuza Map ItMap It

This Fernando Remirez de Ganuza's almost 60 hectares of parcels that have been acquiring are distributed in four localities of Alava Rioja: Samaniego, Leza, Elciego, and Laguardia. In Remirez de Ganuza, one works with fifty hectares of tempranillo (90%) and graciano (10%) located in privileged enclaves of the Alava vineyard. The deciding factors to obtain a great wine are: the...

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Learn About Rioja

(ree-OH-hah) This highly regarded area of Spain makes some of the best Tempranillo-based wines in the world. Once the only DOCa (recently joined by Priorat in 2001), Rioja is divided into 3 sub-regions: Rioja Baja, Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa. There are 4 red varieties and 3 white varieties allowed in the Rioja DOC. Tempranillo definitely takes center stage, followed by Garnacha...

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Learn About Tempranillo

Tempranillo(temp-ruh-NEE-oh) Grape that Reigns in Spain Most often associated with Spain, Tempranillo is the backbone of wines made in the well-known Spanish regions Rioja and Ribera del Duero. On the scale of light to heavy, Tempranillo lands towards the light side. It tends to be higher in acid and lower in alcohol - common for Old World ...

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