- Vintage 2011 was officially rated Excellent
- La Rioja ALta, S.A., the only winery in the world with two Decanter Wines of the year with exlcusive ranking.
- For Decanter, the 2005 vintage of the Gran Reserva 890 is "deep and powerful, showingRioja in its full glory," and the 2011 Gran Reserva 904 particularly stands out for its smooth tannins, being both "graceful and elegant."
La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 2011
產區／等級：Rioja, Spain, Gran Reserva
葡萄品種: 90% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano
【James Suckling 96 pts】
96 points James Suckling
Lovely dried red fruit, such as plums with just a hint of prunes. Cedar, walnut and leather undertones. Full-bodied with lots of fruit, considering its age, as well as hints of smoke, tobacco, bark and black tea. Some balsamic at the finish. Traditionally styled with lovely results. Drink or hold. (10/2020)
【Robert Parker 94 pts】
I usually prefer the 904 to the 890, but there will be no Gran Reserva 890 until the 2010 vintage (from the last vintage I tasted, 2005). So, the only one of the extended-aging Haro-style reds I tasted this time was the 2011 Gran Reserva 904, which had a hard act to follow after the 2010 vintage. It's a blend of 89% Tempranillo and 11% Graciano matured in American oak barrels for four years, and it was racked eight times from barrel to barrel during its élevage, which sounds a bit harsh for a vintage like 2011 when the wines were not as complete and robust as in 2010. It has the classic profile, aromas and flavors (decayed leaves, tobacco, sweet spices, a meaty touch and some black fruit), but the oak seems to take a more leading role and the palate feels less juicy. It finishes dry. (LG) (10/2020)
Intense, deep cherry-red with a garnet-red rim. Intense and complex aromas, dominated by fruit (blackberry jam, raspberries and orange zest) that reveals underlying spicy and balsamic notes of cigar box, cedar liquorice, cloves, chocolate mints and toasted wood. Elegantly refined entry. Fresh and lively in the mouth, nicely balanced with polished, silky tannins and a gentle, delicate finish. Very long aftertaste, with citrus and balsamic notes that provide long, complex final sensations.