La Rioja Alta "Gran Reserva 890" 2005

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  • Tim Atkin
    98
  • The Wine Advocate
    95

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Tasting Note:

“I tasted the 2005 Gran Reserva 890 again, and I liked it better this time than in my previous review, even if I normally like the Gran Reserva 904 better than this bottling, as I find it better balanced. I tend to feel less energy in this wine, as it spends a very long time in barrel, six years in this case. 2005 was an excellent vintage, and they implemented some improvements in the harvest, introducing 350-kilo boxes and refrigerated transport to the winery, which they think provides better grapes and potentially better quality of the wines. The palate is medium-bodied, the tannins have mostly melted, and it has lively acidity that lift the wine up. This is a very classical and polished Rioja. 57,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in March 2012.” - Luis Gutiérrez, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 
FactSheet
FactSheet:

Composition:
95% Tempranillo, 2% Mazuelo, 3% Labastida and Villalba and Graciano
Drink Date:
2019 - 2035
Alcohol:
13.5%

6 years in barrel with 10 traditional rackings

Body:
Full

Which glass?
Zalto Bordeaux

Decant it?
yes

 
Vineyards & vinification
Vineyards & vinification:

After gentle destemming and crushing, the wines underwent an unhurried fermentation. Subsequently, the best batches were put in barrels, where they were aged for 6 years with 10 traditional rackings.

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La Rioja Alta "Gran Reserva 890" 2005

Tempranillo based blend, La Rioja Alta, Rioja, Spain, Red, 750ml

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