La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 Vertical Pack

La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 Vertical

The La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 is only produced in the best vintages, and it consistently garners reviews and scores that pat it at the top of the echelon of all Rioja produced.  The last two vintages produced, the 2001 and the 2004, both scored 96 points with The Wine Advocate, and we honestly can’t believe we still have stock on both of these wines as they both retail for the less than $60/bottle!  That’s right, two years in a row at 96 points and the wine is less than $60/bottle, and we have stock on both.  Thus, we’d like to offer you the chance to own a piece of wine history in the form of a La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 Vertical.  Here’s the deal:

Regular Price on Both is $58.99/bottle

We’re offering a bottle of each, while supplies last, at $99.99 — that’s usually the minimum price you’re going to pay for a 95+ point rated wine!

La Rioja Alta stands as one of the great estates of the Rioja region and of Spain for that matter.  All of their wines are made in a very traditional manner, with long aging in American oak casks followed by extended aging in bottle before release.  With over 300 hectares of vineyards spread throughout the best spots of the Rioja Alta zone, the company is able to produce relatively large volumes of world class wines made in a very traditional manner.  That means in addition to the long maturation in oak and in bottle, all of the wines are racked by hand every 6 months with 8 teams working full time racking the 51,000 casks.  This is definitely a labor of love, and the resulting wines are nothing less than profound!

On the 2001, The Wine Advocate said: “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.”

And Luis Gutierrez of the The Wine Advocate had this to say about the 2004 version: “The 2004 Gran Reserva 904 is Tempranillo from Brinas, Labastida and Villalba balanced with 10% Graciano from Briones and Rodezno. The grapes were fermented and macerated in inox vats for 14 days at 28º C, and malolactic fermentation lasted 28 days. The wine aged for 4 years in used American oak barrels averaging 4 years old, during which time it was manually racked 8 times. 150,000 bottles were filled. This 2004, from a superb vintage shows a beautiful light red color with a brick rim and a superb nose redolent of balsamic woods, spices, leather, well-hung meat, incense and truffles. The light to medium-bodied palate shows fully resolved tannins, great acidity and pure, pungent flavors that linger in the mouth forever and that can only be Rioja. This is a wine to smell over and over again. It might sound like an exaggeration, but this wine is still too young and you should wait a little bit and drink the superb 2001 vintage which should still be available on the market while this one matures in bottle. At this quality level the price is superb especially considering that the wine is being released 10 years after the vintage. Drink 2016-2024.”

I’ve had a number of vintages of this wine and what I love about it is that it offers prime drinking upon release as well as the potential to age and improve.  Stop by, call us at 828.505.8588, or email us at josh@tablewineasheville.com if you’d like to get in on any of this action.  If you’d like us to hold/reserve your order for you, we’re glad to do so as long as the wine is picked up and/or paid for within 7 days of the hold request.

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