La Rioja Alta 904 Gran Reserva 2011

La Rioja Alta

Regular price $64.99

2011 Gran Reserva 904
La Rioja Alta
Rioja, Spain

 
$59.99 on 4+ (use code 904)
$64.99, bottle 1-3

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Not Yet Rated - Anywhere - But 2011 in Rioja Was rated Excellent
While the 904 Gran Reserva hasn't been officially reviewed by critics yet, we can safely rely on the fact that 2011 was an excellent vintage and this wine always outperforms in great vintage years.  In almost 100 years if existence, the regulatory body of Rioja wines has only classified 14 vintages as "Excellent", with 2011 being one of those 14.  Other "excellent" vintages of not recently were 2001, 2004, 2005, 2010 and 2011.  The 2010 scored whopping 96+ from the top critic on Spanish wines, Luis Gutierrez.
  • 89% Tempranillo, 11% Graciano
  • Aged 100% in 4.5 year-old American oak barrels for about 3 years
  • Made by combining different varieties, plots and characteristics to achieve a ‘burgundy style’ with great aging potential.
  • The final blend was bottled in November 2016.
2011 Vintage Conditions
Despite water shortages during the first few months, our vines in the upper areas of Rioja managed to attain a balanced canopy thanks to accumulated reserves. The end of the growing cycle was marked by sunny days and cool nights, a temperature gap that benefited grape ripening up to harvest. Magnificent colour component, significant polyphenol load and an outstanding condition resulted in wines that were particularly suitable for long aging. This vintage was officially rated “Excellent”.
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