A perennial top selling Spanish wine at the Bottle Shop, this newly released 2010 vintage may turn out to be the best year ever. The famous bodega named La Rioja Alta was founded in 1890 as a partnership of 5 quality-conscious growers keen to focus upon the export potential for well-made, ‘modern’ Rioja. At this time, French vineyards were ravaged by phylloxera, and connoisseurs were having to look elsewhere for supplies of fine wine. Rioja, with its excellent climate and soils, had already attracted attention, and experiments with Bordeaux-style vinification and barrique-aging were proving very successful.
In 1904, La Rioja Alta absorbed Bodegas Ardanza, and gained access to some of the finest vineyards in the Rioja Alta district. The luxury 904 bottling commemorates this important milestone in the company’s development. La Rioja Alta has always maintained the highest standards, and continues to this day the tradition of careful long-aging that gives Rioja its unique character. These wines offer a wonderfully complex bouquet, rich flavors, a seductively smooth texture, and are all ready to drink on release.
For this Reserva, the Tempranillo grapes (80%) come from the estate's 30-year-old La Cuesta and Montecillo vineyards, located in Fuenmayor y Cenicero, and the Garnacha (20%) comes from La Pedriza vineyard in Tudelilla (Rioja Baja) at an altitude of 550 m above sea level. In March, the selected wines are put into barrels to start aging seperately. The Tempranillo typically for 36 months with six manual rackings in American oak, averaging 4 years, and the Garnacha for 30 months with five manual rackings in American oak barrels from 2-3 years usage.