Thursday 20 September 2018

2001 Rioja Gran Reserva 904, La Rioja Alta

2001 Rioja Gran Reserva 904, La Rioja Alta
Always nice to open a bottle from one of my favourite producers when it comes to old school Rioja. And the 2001 is no exception. The nose soars from the glass with notes of overripe strawberries, an old chestnut cabinet, some VA, a hint of wet dog, leather and some dry vanilla. Intoxicating. Very, very good. A lovely maturity.
The taste is soft yet intense with a high acidity and notes of cranberries, dried strawberries, a dried up cherry clafoutis, leather and cigarette ashes. A fine dryness at the end. Still drinking beautifully, this will keep for 8+ years.
91p   (tasted 2018/09)

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