La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 890 2005
One of the best ever 890s. An outstanding wine from an excellent vintage.
Made from some of Rioja Alta's oldest parcels, this is widely-renowned as one of the best ever 890s, made during an excellent vintage. A blend of Tempranillo with 3% Graciano and 2% Mazuelo, the wine is graceful and elegant with a sweetness and balance typical of Rioja. Unashamedly traditional, it is scented, complex and very long. Very drinkable now, but further patience will be rewarded.
Formed by five families in the late 19th century, the La Rioja Alta S.A. winery has been among the leading producers who have helped to establish and maintain the classic standards of Rioja. Their Tempranillo-led Gran Reservas, aged for remarkably long periods in barrels from the producer’s cooperage, are some of the most sought-after wines from the region. And while they always upheld standards and tradition, La Rioja Alta S.A. never stopped experimenting and pushing for better quality, offering some of the purest, precise expressions of Tempranillo in the world.
98 points Tim Atkin MW
98 points James Suckling
95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate