- Producer: La Rioja Alta
- Wine: Rioja Gran Reserva 890
- Style: Dry red wine
- Grapes: 100% Tempranillo
- Vintage: 1995
- ABV: 12,5%
- Origin: Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alta
- Tasted: 12th March 2013
Near perfect looking, the wine is light with a garnet edge and some miniscule sediments.
Right away the 890 brings a substantial classic Rioja-nose. There’s a bounty of dill, oxidized red apples and a trivial burnt minerality. From the oak there’s charming aromas of vanilla and toffee. The depth and intricacy it produces is purely outstanding. Something about this wine communicates with my soul.
On the palate the wine is yielding and silky. There’s some volatility there that I anticipate will go away with some air. In the rear of all classic Rioja characters underlies additional layers of nuanced notes of fruits and oak. The acidity is savory and sour, something that assist the flavors to deliver in a high volume. Engaging, the tannins are fabulously small and enthralling. Overall structure so graceful, nuanced and wispy. In a long aftertaste span, the wine whisper characters of black truffles and layered fruits.
This is a justly lingering wine in a style I completely worship. It will carry on developing for years to come. Potentially, the tannins will keep on mellowing into nano-like smooth grains, whilst the fruit stays intact. This is a minor upgrade to the 904. Mulling over the wines tradition and price, I can’t help to think of Rioja Alta as enormous value. Pardon me, but this is fucking awesome.
95p – Outstanding