Only produced in top vintages, there was no Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 in 2008, so everybody has been eagerly awaiting the 2009 release. On top of which, there was no Reserva 890 produced in 2009, so all the grapes destined for that incredible Rioja went into this one instead. Famed for its complexity and immense ageing potential, Gran Reserva 904 is a wine to be snapped up immediately before it disappears into cellars around the world.
Created using 90% Tempranillo from more than 60-year-old vines, with the remainder coming from elegant Graciano. Aged for four years in four-year-old barrels, it ripples with sweet cherry, prunes, plum crumble, vanilla, caramelised nuts, red pepper, balsamic, jamon, tea leaves and dried flowers. There’s also a wonderful combination of leather saddles, smoky tobacco and wood that conjures up thoughts of cowboy saloons. It’s such an intriguing wine, positively built for Sunday roasts and slow-cooked stews, followed by chocolate desserts and a cheeseboard.
Formed in 1890 by several families, La Rioja Alta sets the benchmark for the entire Rioja region. They're famed for their classic Spanish reds, which are aged for an inordinately long time. Gran Reserva 904 is named after the year that La Rioja Alta and the Ardanza winery merged, 1904.