2005 La Rioja Alta 890 Gran Reserva Rioja
750ml

890GR2005
$179.99
2005 La Rioja Alta 890 Gran Reserva Rioja

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2005 La Rioja Alta 890 Gran Reserva Rioja
750ml

$179.99

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La Rioja Alta is another one Rioja's old, venerable wineries and their 890 Gran Reserva is widely regarded as one of Spain's top wine ever year that it is released.  Which is only in the top vintages.  So typically you only see this 3 or 4 times a decade.

"The aromas to this are stunning with dried strawberry, stone and fresh mushroom. Full body and very tight with incredible depth and structure. It goes on for minutes. One of the greatest ever? The new 1964?" 98 points James Suckling

"Cedar and sandalwood aromas give way to flavors of tea, tobacco, dried cherry, forest floor and orange peel in this expressive red. Round on the palate, supported by muscular tannins and juicy acidity. Big but graceful, mature yet lively, in the traditional style. Drink now through 2030." 95 points Wine Spectator and #4 on the Top 100 wines of 2018

"The top of the range is only produced three or four times per decade, and the current vintage is the 2005 Gran Reserva 890, which refers to the year, 1890, when the winery was created. It all starts by selecting grapes from their oldest vineyards (over 40 years old), harvested into 350-kilogram cases that are transported in refrigerated trucks to the winery, an improvement implemented in 2005. 2005 was an excellent vintage, and this 890 might challenge the exceptional 904 released some four years ago. Here the Tempranillo is complemented by 3% Graciano and 2% Mazuelo, fermented with indigenous yeasts and aged in 199 oak barrels for six years with ten rackings. It's a very balanced and polished classical Rioja with moderate alcohol (13.5%) and good acidity (6.1 grams of tartaric); it also has a silky texture, resolved tannins and a very pleasant mouthfeel. It has complexity but is a little closed, and it feels a little evolved, at times even a little tired. The fruit feels quite ripe, with some liquor notes. The palate is polished, with fully resolved tannins and fine acidity. It was bottled unfiltered in March 2012. 57,036 bottles and 1,312 magnums were produced. 2001, 2004 and 2005 are the only 890s in the decade" 94 points Luis Gutierrez The Wine Advocate
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98 points James Suckling
95 points Wine Spectator
94 points Wine Advocate