Under the simple number 904, which evokes the merger of La Rioja Alta with Bodegas Ardanza in 1904, the winery brings one of their two Gran Reserva Top wines on the market. The 2015 vintage is the first to bear the addition "Selección Especial". Vineyards in Villalba, Briñas and Rodezno with Tempranillo vines over 60 years old are used for this cuvée, 90% is Tempranillo and 10% Graciano, the latter comes from the Montecillo vineyard in Fuenmayor. Here, too, mainly used barriques are used, in which the wine is matured for 4 years, the aroma of new wood is not desirable.
2015 was a very good vintage that met the quality standards of a 904 Gran Reserva. Incidentally, there was no 904 from 2012 to 2014. A classic Rioja with excitement, complexity and great aging potential. A great Rioja without a doubt.
In Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, taster Luis Gutiérrez rates the Gran Reserva 904 Selección Especial 95/100 points.
|Optimal drinking maturity:||now until 2040+|
|Analytical data:||14.5% alc. vol., 1.5 g/l residual sugar|
|Extension:||48 months in barriques|
|Grapes:||89% Tempranillo, 11% Graciano|
|Ratings:||95/100 Parker's Wine Advocate (2015 vintage)|
|Type:||dry red wine|
Bottler: La Rioja Alta, S.A., Avda. de Vizcaya 8, 26200 Haro, La Rioja, Spain
Product from Spain - contains sulphites