La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 Magnum 2010
Tempranillo (90%) from vineyards over 60 years old located in Briñas, Labastida and Villalba and Graciano (10%) from our Montecillo vineyard, located in the municipality of Fuenmayor.
The grapes were collected in boxes and were transported to the winery in refrigerated trucks to preserve their integrity. After a gentle destemming and crushing, the musts were placed in stainless steel tanks where they underwent alcoholic fermentation at a controlled temperature for 18 days. The selected batches then completed malolactic fermentation naturally in 94 days. In March 2011, the chosen wines were put into their own 4-year-old American oak barrels, where they remained until March 2015. During their aging, they were racked, every six months, by the traditional method from barrel to barrel. The final blend was bottled in July 2015.
COLOR: cereza poco intenso, borde granate
AROMA: elegante, fina reducción, fruta madura, ebanistería, especiado
BOCA: equilibrado, complejo, largo, taninos finos, fino amargor
It seems like yesterday when the superb 2001 was released, and now I already have the 2010 Gran Reserva 904 in my glass. It has to be among the greatest modern time vintages of this mythical bottling, where they aim for a wine that has a long aging potential. This is mostly Tempranillo with 10% Graciano and 13.5% alcohol, and it matured in fourth-used American oak barrels for four years, during which time the wine was racked every six months. It has the combination of elegance and power only the best vintages are capable of, with the classical aromas, great detail and nuance, very good balance and persistence. They consider 2010 among the best years of this century, and maybe future generations will talk about 2010 like we talk about the great classical vintages of yesterday today. The palate is polished but shows plenty of energy and tension, the tannins are very fine and elegant, and the flavors are focused and clean. This has to be one of the greatest wines from the vintage. A legend in the making. 150,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in July 2015.