Rioja Alta, Bin 904 Gran Reserva 2001

Rioja Alta, Rioja, Spain

Rioja Alta, Bin 904 Gran Reserva 2001

Rioja Alta, Rioja, Spain



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Grape Varietes: Tempranillo, Graciano Wine Style: Savoury Reds Winemaker: Julio Sáenz Optimum Drinking: 2016-2040 Reviewer Rating: 96 Reviewer: Code: 102831 Alcohol: 12.5%
Estate Notes

La Rioja Alta's Rioja Gran Reserva Bin 904 is only released in great years and the 2001 vintage was purchased in its original cases.

La Rioja Alta was established in 1890 (hence the name of their other Gran Reserva) in the town of Haro and comprises 450 hectares of vineyards predominantly planted with Tempranillo, as well as Graciano, Mazuelo and Garnacha.

The estate produces some of the finest Rioja on the market: complex and refined, yet intense and redolent of its terroir. La Rioja Alta uses American rather than French oak and the wood is cured for two years outdoors before being shaped and hammered into barrels at their own cooperage.


"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. "La Rioja Alta was founded in 1890 in Haro, the capital of Rioja Alta, in close proximity to Lopez de Heredia and Marques de Riscal. The Bodega’s wines are all blends, there are no single vineyard wines, and all of the wines are produced from estate-grown grapes. During my visit in May, 2010, I had the opportunity to taste verticals of 2 of La Rioja Alta’s wines, Vina Ardanza Reserva and Gran Reserva 904. Vina Ardanza’s wines are labeled Reserva with three exceptions. In what La Rioja Alta considers the greatest years (there have been three to date, 2001, 1973, and 1964) the wine is called Reserva Especial. There are usually four vintages a decade of La Rioja Alta’s Gran Reserva 904. It is made from a blend of Tempranillo and Graciano and aged for 5 years in barrel and 5 years in bottle prior to release."