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    La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 Tinto 2001
    Tempranillo - Rioja, Spain

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    Ratings

    • RP96
    • ST93
    Price: $70.00
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    Wine.com Quick Facts

    Professional Ratings: 96 The Wine Advocate, 93 International Wine Cellar, 91 Wine Spectator

    Region: Rioja, Spain

    Varietal: Tempranillo

    Style: Earthy & Spicy

    Alcohol By Volume: 12.7%

    • 10%
    • 16%

    Item no. 123317

    Winemaker's Notes:

    Medium-depth, ruby-red with a brick rim, typical of the great Rioja classics. Very intense, fresh, vibrant aromas, with delicate notes of candied fruit against a balsamic, spicy, leathery background with hints of coffee and chocolate mints. Well-structured and round, with sweet tannins that have been polished by long aging in barrels and in the bottle. Ample, delicate, long-lasting finish.

    Critical Acclaim:

    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.

    96 Points
    The Wine Advocate

    Deep ruby. Complex, highly perfumed scents of dark berry compote, cherry pit, pipe tobacco and vanilla. Smoky, sweet and focused, offering vibrant black raspberry, bitter cherry and vanilla bean flavors that gain power with air. This doesn't act like a 12-year-old wine! Finishes smooth and very long, with lingering sweetness and gentle, fine-grained tannins.

    93 Points
    International Wine Cellar

    The alluring aromas of vanilla, lilac and cedar give way to berry, vanilla and tobacco flavors in this expressive red. Features a supple texture, with firm underlying tannins, while balsamic acidity lends a spicy note to the finish. Drink now.

    91 Points
    Wine Spectator
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    User Reviews:

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    Burntlicious (5/9/2013)
    Smells like a treasure-chest full of sweet dried fruits, tobacco, & leather that was buried for years. Great tertiary notes that can only be the result of age coupled with wonderful integration of the oak. Not the freshest 'fruit-bomb' oriented wine, but a great bargain for those who seek a prominent example of age-worthy, complex, well poised and postured tempranillo.
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    anne pickett (4/14/2014)
    2001 is the greatest vintage in Spain since 1964. The 904 should be held in the cellar 10-25 years from vintage.
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    John the Bomb (4/25/2013)
    In two words - "Absolutely fantastic"!!! A Bargain at only $44. A true Rioja, with beautiful oak tones. Awesome !
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    WIll D (8/4/2014)
    Really nice Tempranillo. 2001 is a great Rioja vintage
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    Stashforce (6/20/2014)
    This is a very good wine. Smooth and very soft. You can tell the years of bottle age have helped tame this wine. It falls a little short on the finish though, which is why I only give it 4 stars.
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    AmandaLou (5/15/2014)
    Gorgeous, sweet cigar and old leather. Slight oxidation but still a beautiful fruit perfume to it.
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    Ron Blachman (8/12/2014)
    This is the third of three Rioja Tempranillos that I tried in the last week, the most expensive but not the best. The color is somewhere between garnet and brick, this a a very oxidized wine. The nose is small to medium sized with hints of cassis, cherry, cauliflower (yuk) and wood, wood, wood, there is also a hint of lavender and soil. As with so many of these long-term-oaked wines there is little left of the fruit, the grape. This would be okay with salty or strong-smelling foods but I'm not a fan. If you like this style then at least try some at lower price points. Personally, think it's time for the Rioja winemakers to rethink what they make; Franco is gone and this style of "cooked" smelling wines should follow but that is, of course a matter of taste.
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    Wendy (8/6/2013)

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