One of the benchmarks for Rioja over the years, the Gran Reserva 904 is known for turning out great examples of traditional Rioja. The 2001 is one of the greatest vintages for Rioja in the past two decades – and this 904 is nothing short of exceptional!
The 904 contains Tempranillo and Graciano and is every bit traditional with aging in used American oak barrels for 48 months, racking twice a year, and then further aging in bottle. The wine always has a sumptuous, velvety texture, with bass notes and a lovely, meaty savor.
In a vintage as strong as 2001, La Rioja Alta’s 904 will only get better and better for those disciplined few who have the will power to lay off their bottles for a while.
96 Points – Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate:
The 2001 Gran Reserva 904 will not be released for another 3 years. Dark ruby-colored with a garnet rim, it displays a lovely nose of Asian spices, incense, tobacco, balsamic, and blackberry. On the palate it has exceptional depth, layers of spicy black fruit, excellent ripeness, and an elegant personality. Upon release it should continue to evolve for another 5-6 years and drink well through 2040.
93 Points – Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar:
Deep ruby. Complex, highly perfumed scents of dark berry compote, cherry pit, pipe tobacco and vanilla. Smoky, sweet and focused, offering vibrant black raspberry, bitter cherry and vanilla bean flavors that gain power with air. This doesn’t act like a 12-year-old wine! Finishes smooth and very long, with lingering sweetness and gentle, fine-grained tannins.
91 Points – Wine Spectator:
The alluring aromas of vanilla, lilac and cedar give way to berry, vanilla and tobacco flavors in this expressive red. Features a supple texture, with firm underlying tannins, while balsamic acidity lends a spicy note to the finish. Drink now.