Lovers of Rioja Alta’s traditional style will not be disappointed with this latest release of Gran Reserva 904. The 2007 offers all that you’d want in terms of traditional Rioja’s fine oak aged aromas alongside wonderfully clear red fruit and the silkiest of tannins. There’s a fluency and elegance to this vintage which we loved, and given a little air this lithe blend of Tempranillo with 10% Graciano takes on stature and breadth. It is what we call the right side of traditional, being refined, complex, unforced and harmonious, with nuanced aromas of sweet tobacco, vanilla, sweet spice and cola intermingling with fine layers of wild red strawberry and red cherry. It is as rewarding as it is moreish.
First created in 1904 as a celebration bottling, 904 undergoes four years ageing in well-seasoned American oak barrels, with racking carried out manually every six months. The style tends to retain more freshness than their 890 bottling and is generally approachable a little earlier. Today’s release, while delicious now, should age comfortably for up to a decade.
“Wonderful purity of fruit with a strawberry, currant and plum character. Full and velvety body with ultra-fine tannins and a delicious fresh and fruity finish. Classic Rioja style. Que lindo! Drink now.”
97 points, James Suckling, October 2016
“If Viña Ardanza seems to be going fast, the Gran Reserva 904 is even faster and we're now on the 2007 Gran Reserva 904. This wants to be the classic Gran Reserva--polished, silky and elegant, with aging potential. It is a blend of Tempranillo with 10% Mazuelo aged for four years in well-seasoned American oak barrels, with eight manual rackings. I found that the freshness of the vintage and its relatively young age gave the wine a youngish character that I loved, combining developed notes of meat, spices, leather and balsam with almost cherry-like aromas. The palate feels balanced and elegant, with fine-grained and fully resolved tannins and great acidity. This vintage of 904 surprised me! 150,000 bottles produced.”
95 points Luis Gutiérrez, The Wine Advocate #226, August 2016
Stocks are limited and will be available for delivery in March of this year.