‘Magnificent’ La Rioja Alta S.A. Gran Reservas

‘Magnificent’ La Rioja Alta S.A. Gran Reservas

‘Serious Rioja are among the world’s greatest wines,’ – Josh Raynolds, Vinous

The wines of La Rioja Alta S.A. are ‘some of the finest Rioja that can grace your cellar’, enthuses Neal Martin, and their legendary 904 and 890 Gran Reservas have just arrived!

‘The Gran Reserva 904 has been one of my go-to cuvées since my earliest days as a wine lover. … Magnificent,’ says Martin. The newly released Gran Reserva 904 from the 2015 vintage is the first ever to receive the mention ‘Selección Especial’ on the label, in the nearly 120 years of the wine’s existence. This designation is only given in the finest of vintages, and this blend of 90% Tempranillo and 10% Graciano is subtle, elegant, finessed and has a lifetime ahead of it.

‘Magnificent’ La Rioja Alta S.A. Gran Reservas

The Gran Reserva 890 from the excellent 2010 vintage is ‘classicism in a bottle’. It ‘epitomises their style of reds with long aging in bottle’, explains Luis Guttierez of the Wine Advocate. The 2010 was recently given a perfect 100/100 in the 2024 edition of the Peñin Guide – the equivalent of the Platter’s Guide for Spain. According to the Peñín Guide, it ‘represents the greatness of the great Rioja classics in a superb vintage, with a background freshness that will allow it to grow with elegance and complexity’. It’s one of the wines ‘that put Spain on the map’. The 890 is dark-fruited and savoury, with an irresistible elegance and sense of balance.

Liv-ex reports that Spain 'has enjoyed increased demand on the secondary market for fine wine’. The number of Spanish wines trading on the exchange has increased 13-fold over the last decade, with La Rioja Alta leading the charge from the Rioja DOC.

‘La Rioja Alta has a long-standing reputation for producing some of the region’s best, most traditionally made wines, across the range,’ concludes Neal Martin. View the rest of their incredible range here.

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