La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 890 2005
Esta marca es ya de por sí una gran referencia de los tintos clásicos de Rioja que mejoran con el paso del tiempo. Pero además, esta añada 2005, considerada excelente por la bodega, ha propiciado que en la etiqueta del vino luzca la leyenda "Selección Especial" por segunda vez en su historia. Estamos ante un vino único, donde la selección ha sido la constante en su elaboración, desde los racimos hasta las barricas destinadas al coupage definitivo. Un Reserva repleto de registros intensos y profundos y al que le queda además una larga vida en botella.
Viñedo y elaboración
Opinión de los críticos
"The top of the range is only produced three or four times per decade, and the current vintage is the 2005 Gran Reserva 890, which refers to the year, 1890, when the winery was created. It all starts by selecting grapes from their oldest vineyards (over 40 years old), harvested into 350-kilogram cases that are transported in refrigerated trucks to the winery, an improvement implemented in 2005. 2005 was an excellent vintage, and this 890 might challenge the exceptional 904 released some four years ago. Here the Tempranillo is complemented by 3% Graciano and 2% Mazuelo, fermented with indigenous yeasts and aged in 199 oak barrels for six years with ten rackings. It's a very balanced and polished classical Rioja with moderate alcohol (13.5%) and good acidity (6.1 grams of tartaric); it also has a silky texture, resolved tannins and a very pleasant mouthfeel. It has complexity but is a little closed, and it feels a little evolved, at times even a little tired. The fruit feels quite ripe, with some liquor notes. The palate is polished, with fully resolved tannins and fine acidity. It was bottled unfiltered in March 2012. 57,036 bottles and 1,312 magnums were produced. 2001, 2004 and 2005 are the only 890s in the decade. The next one will be the 2010."
"The aromas to this are stunning with dried strawberry, stone and fresh mushroom. Full body and very tight with incredible depth and structure. It goes on for minutes. One of the greatest ever? The new 1964? Available January 2018."
Tempranillo with 5% of Graciano and Mazuelo. Blackcurrant and citrus-peel-like notes bring a pleasing touch of bitterness. Savoury too, coffee and a dusting of vanilla. Overall very harmonious and deep, with that utter pleasure that comes from age but not over-age – superbly polished, with fine tannins and a peacock’s tail finish.