La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 Selección Especial 2015 Bottle size: 750ml

Spain, Rioja
R1,425
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97
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‘A perfumed nose of plums, mulberries, mushrooms, caramel, sweet tobacco and sweet spices. Full-bodied with velvety, fine tannins and lively acidity. Balanced and supple with a creamy texture. Delicate and precise with a long, polished finish.’ – James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, 97/100

‘One of a pair of current releases of 904, both of them from warmer vintages, this delightful 2015 is a felicitous cuvée of Tempranillo and 10% Graciano. All sourced from higher altitude vineyards, this will reward further time in bottle, showing classic sweet spices, fine tannins, layers of red and black fruits and chalky freshness.’ – Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, 96/100

‘They used the words subtlety, elegance, finesse, delicacy and silk to define the 2015 Gran Reserva 904 Selección Especial, a blend of 90% Tempranillo from their vineyards in Villalba, Briñas and Rodezno with 10% Graciano from the Montecillo vineyard in Fuenmayor that was picked 23 days later than the Tempranillo. The grapes were sorted optically for the first time, and they fermented in stainless steel where the wine went through malolactic too. The wine was put in barrel in January 2016—used American oak barrels built by their own coopers—where it matured for four years, during which time it was racked every six months. 2015 was a healthy vintage with balanced ripeness that delivered wines with good aging potential. They thought the wine needed a little more time in bottle to polish those tannins and have decided to hold it and release the wine around March 2023; it will be marked Selección Especial, the first 904 to do so, as they have very high hopes for this year and believe it's one of the finest vintages. They think it will develop the sophistication in the palate with a little more time and that is should achieve the silkiness that is the signature of 904. This is very 2015; I saw quite strong tannins in all the 2015 wines I tasted from Rioja Alta. 2024-2035’ – Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate, 95/100

‘Vivid ruby. Expansive red and blue fruit preserve, tobacco, potpourri, spice and botanical herb aromas, with vanilla and smoky mineral notes emerging as the wine opens up. Sappy, penetrating and gently chewy on the palate, offering vibrant, mineral- and spice-accented black raspberry, bitter cherry and rose pastille flavors that deepen and turn sweeter on the back half. Shows sharp focus and floral lift on the impressively long, youthfully tannic finish, which leaves behind notes of candied blue fruits and spicecake. 2025-2036’ – Josh Raynolds, Vinous, 95/100

More Information
Condition New
Winemaker Julio Sáenz
Alcohol 14.5%
Body Full-bodied
Blend information 90% Tempranillo and 10% Graciano
Drink to Drink or cellar
Variety Blend
Rating JS 97
Producer information Since 1890, La Rioja Alta has been known for producing ‘some of the finest Riojas that can grace your cellar’, says Neal Martin. ‘Complex, refined, classic but without compromising fruit intensity and to reiterate: wines that speak about where they come from,’ he continues. One of the region’s most famed and historic, they’re also one of the most innovative with projects in Galicia and Ribera del Duero.
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