La Rioja Alta 904 Gran Reserva 2011
La Rioja Alta continues to be one of the benchmarks for traditionally produced Rioja wine, and this is another absolute banger of a 904!
Established in 1890 at the same spot where their head office sits today, their three Reserva Wine brands, Alberdi, Arana and Ardanza are named after the founding families, all three of which remain shareholders. The company still maintains traditional Rioja winemaking practices whilst embracing many of the new technological advances.
Fantastically complex nose, rich and so enticing with the exotic smells of middle eastern spices, coconut and the whiff of incense. The warmth of the vintage shines here, on the palate the feel is sleek and harmonious. Loaded with well-integrated fruit punnet loads of rich cherries, blackberries and raspberries. Bolstered with lovely balanced notes of coffee, chocolate and baking spices. In the background there is some savour too - a whiff of game and leather. But is the intense, spiced luxurious feel here that is mesmerising. Juicy, spicy and sleek this is gorgeous. So approachable already, it is hard to resist - but this has legs and will continue to improve over the next decade.