La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 2011
Rioja Alta 904 Gran Reserva is a marvellous red wine made by Bodega La Rioja Alta in the D.O. Rioja.
It's a blend of Tempranillo (90%) from vineyards over 40 years old situated in the towns of Briñas, Labastida and Villalba, and Graciano (10%) planted in the winery's vineyards in Briones and Rodezno. The harvest is carried out by hand and the grapes go through a rigorous selection process. After the alcoholic and malolactic fermentation, Rioja Alta 904 Gran Reserva ages for 4 years in American oak barrels made in the winery's cooperage. Every 6 months the wine is racked barrel by barrel according to the traditional method. Rioja Alta 904 Gran Reserva is an excellent wine and vintage being one of the best examples of long ageing in the Rioja
An excellent vintage in Rioja. With a mild autumn and a cold and rainy winter, the growth season began with enough resources for the perfect development of the vines. During this period, there were no pests and diseases until the end of the growth cycle. During the harvest, there were no significant rains, so the health and ripening of the grapes were excellent. A great year with great aged wines that can be stored for a long time. The perfect balance between the most amiable tannins and the good acidity, which give these wines an extraordinary length.