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La Rioja Alta 904 Gran Reserva Rioja 2011

La Rioja Alta 904 Gran Reserva Rioja 2011

94 pts Vinous
The 2011 Rioja Gran Reserva 904 has been one of my go-to cuvAⓒes since my earliest days as a wine lover. This latest release is a blend of 60-year-old Tempranillo from BriA±as, Rodenzo and Villalba (89%) and the remainder Graciano from the Montecillo vineyard. Fully de-stemmed and aged for 54 months in American oak, it was bottled in November 2016. This is more reticent and less forthcoming on the nose compared to the ViA±a Ardanza, gradually unfolding to reveal enticing scents of raspberry, crushed strawberry, warm leather, terra cotta and a touch of meat juice. This needed more decanting than the Ardanza. The palate is beautifully balanced with fine-grained tannins, and ultra-smooth in terms of texture. Layers of red fruit laced with clove, sprigs of fresh mint and blood orange dovetail into a soy-tinged finish that you expect to fan out, though it declines; it needs maybe another 12-18 months to really show what it is capable of. Magnificent.

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