2005 La Rioja Alta S.A. Gran Reserva 890 ‘Selección Especial’


James Suckling: 98 points

“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.”

Review date: January 2018

Decanter: 96 points

“Founded in 1890 as a consortium of five families, La Rioja Alta is an integral part of Haro’s Barrio de la Estación district, with its modern winemaking facilities in Labastida. The 890 name stems from the first wine made by the company’s first winemaker, Monsieur Vigier, in 1890. Predominantly Tempranillo with a little Mazuelo and Graciano, aged for six years in American oak, then for a few more years in bottle. Pedro Ballesteros Torres MW: The unmistakable style of classic gran reserva, with its vanilla tones, this is so refined and long, so delicate. Great. Sarah Jane Evans MW: All about truffles and forest floor. Rich and velvety textured with red berries coming through. Confident, superb. Pierre Mansour: The classy nose suggests proper traditional-style Rioja. Complex and savory yet fresh, round and graceful. Very long. Drinking Window 2018 – 2030”

Review date: November 2017

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: 95 points

“I tasted the 2005 Gran Reserva 890 again, and I liked it better this time than in my previous review, even if I normally like the Gran Reserva 904 better than this bottling, as I find it better balanced. I tend to feel less energy in this wine, as it spends a very long time in barrel, six years in this case. 2005 was an excellent vintage, and they implemented some improvements in the harvest, introducing 350-kilo boxes and refrigerated transport to the winery, which they think provides better grapes and potentially better quality of the wines. The palate is medium-bodied, the tannins have mostly melted, and it has lively acidity that lift the wine up. This is a very classical and polished Rioja. 57,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in March 2012. Drink dates 2019 – 2035.”

Review date: June 2019

DC 96

In stock

SKU: 2005 La Rioja Alta S.A. Gran Reserva 890 'Selecci Categories: , , , ,
loading gif