As you probably know by now, we are huge fans of La Rioja Alta so we are extremely pleased to offer the latest and perhaps best vintage ever of La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904: the 2005.
The 2005 is a great successor to the 2004 and 2001 which were both very popular indeed. The 2005 vintage might just have the edge on the two former vintages but it is very hard to compare, with each vintage having its own personality.
The strengthening of sterling in recent months has had a beneficial effect on the price, making this a steal at £125 per case of 6 bottles (£27.46 inc. duty & VAT). You would be hard pressed to find better value from any wine in any region in the world, particularly as it is ready to drink. And to reiterate Neal Martin of The Wine Advocate: “Quite simply, these are some of the finest Riojas that can grace your cellar”.
The wines will be ready for delivery in August/September in time for Autumn drinking. Please find the offer below:
2005 La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 - £125 IB per case of 6 bottles
£27.46 per bottle inc. duty & VAT
‘The 2005 Gran Reserva 904 is a superb blend of Tempranillo from the villages of Briñas, Labastida and Villalba with 10% Graciano from Briones and Rodezno. The grapes were destemmed and crushed and fermented in stainless steel for 18 days at 25 C. Malolactic fermentation was spontaneous and lasted 38 days. These wines are marked by a long aging in used American oak barrels following the most strict Riojan tradition; four years during which time the wine was manually racked eight times. This is usually my favorite wine from La Rioja Alta and 2005 is one of its best showings, going back to the quality of the vintages of the 1950s and 60s. The nose is very balsamic with notes of camphor, hints of mint, leather and hung game wrapped around a core of cherries in liqueur. Together it is balanced, subtle, truly elegant and classical. The palate is only medium-bodied but with great concentration of flavors that are very tasty, mineral, almost salty and framed by ultra-fine tannins and smashing balance. A great classic. This wine will be released in October 2015, a full ten years after the vintage. At this quality level this is a bargain. 96 points.’ Luis Gutierrez, The Wine Advocate
If you have any interest, please do not hesitate to let us know. Delivery charges will apply.
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