La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 Tinto 2001

Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain

$70.00 $49.99
Save $20.01
Item No. 123317
  • red wine
  • RP96
  • ST93
  • WS91
Style: Earthy & Spicy

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: 12.7%

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:
  • 1994
  • ST89
  • 1989
  • ST92
  • WS87
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Winemaker's Notes

Medium-depth, ruby-red with a brick rim, typical of the great Rioja classics. Very intense, fresh, vibrant aromas, with delicate notes of candied fruit against a balsamic, spicy, leathery background with hints of coffee and chocolate mints. Well-structured and round, with sweet tannins that have been polished by long aging in barrels and in the bottle. Ample, delicate, long-lasting finish.

Critical Acclaim

"The 2001 Gran Reserva 904 will not be released for another 3 years. Dark ruby-colored with a garnet rim, it displays a lovely nose of Asian spices, incense, tobacco, balsamic, and blackberry. On the palate it has exceptional depth, layers of spicy black fruit, excellent ripeness, and an elegant personality. Upon release it should continue to evolve for another 5-6 years and drink well through 2040."
96 Points

"Deep ruby. Complex, highly perfumed scents of dark berry compote, cherry pit, pipe tobacco and vanilla. Smoky, sweet and focused, offering vibrant black raspberry, bitter cherry and vanilla bean flavors that gain power with air. This doesn't act like a 12-year-old wine! Finishes smooth and very long, with lingering sweetness and gentle, fine-grained tannins."
93 Points

"The alluring aromas of vanilla, lilac and cedar give way to berry, vanilla and tobacco flavors in this expressive red. Features a supple texture, with firm underlying tannins, while balsamic acidity lends a spicy note to the finish. Drink now. "
91 Points

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Burntlicious - Milwaukee, WI (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(5/9/2013)
Style: Earthy & Spicy
Smells like a treasure-chest full of sweet dried fruits, tobacco, & leather that was buried for years. Great tertiary notes that can only be the result of age coupled with wonderful integration of the oak. Not the freshest 'fruit-bomb' oriented wine, but a great bargain for those who seek a prominent example of age-worthy, complex, well poised and postured tempranillo.
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Rating:
(4/25/2013)
Style: Big & Bold
In two words - "Absolutely fantastic"!!! A Bargain at only $44. A true Rioja, with beautiful oak tones. Awesome !
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anne pickett - San Leandro, CA (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(4/14/2014)
Style: Earth & Spicy
Pair with: grilled lamb chops, roast pork
2001 is the greatest vintage in Spain since 1964. The 904 should be held in the cellar 10-25 years from vintage.
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On the 10th of July 1890, five families shared their passion for wine and founded La Rioja Alta, S.A. That day was the start of an ongoing searching for excellence that their descendants still pursue nowadays. Since then we have managed to get the best from the marriage of our tradition in wine ageing and the state-of-the-art technology in grape fermentation. Nowadays we are an...

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