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2015 is a spiritual successor to the legendary 2010 and 2005 for La Rioja Alta. A vintage so exceptional that produced all of their Reservas and Gran Reservas - a rare occurrence.
- Grape: Garnacha & Tempranillo blend
- Region: Rioja, Spain
- Serve with: Lamb 13% alcohol
- International Wine & Spirit Competition, 2017: Silver
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"A rich nose of raspberry, crushed strawberry, blueberry, coconut, cedar, and sweet spice. It’s medium-to-full-bodied with fine tannins and fresh acidity. Creamy, balanced, and layered with a vibrant, spicy character. Long and polished. 80% tempranillo and 20% garnacha. Drink or hold."
96 points - James Suckling
Best Spanish Red Wine of 2020 - Decanter
International Wine Challenge, 2019: Bronze
International Wine & Spirit Competition, 2019: Silver
International Wine Challenge, 2017: Bronze
Decanter World Wine Awards, 2017: Silver
The Winery La Rioja Alta
La Rioja Alta, established in 1890, continues to be one of the benchmarks for traditionally produced Rioja. The company still maintains traditional Rioja winemaking practices whilst embracing many new technological advances. It is unusual for a great bodega of Rioja to own vineyards, but La Rioja Alta owns 360ha from which they can source the highest quality grapes, resulting in excellent fruit and richness throughout their wines. Tempranillo dominates the plantings, complemented with a small proportion of Garnacha and Graciano. La Rioja Alta deems their Gran Reserva '890' to be their greatest wine, making it only in the very best vintages - on average three times per decade. However their Gran Reserva '904' is no less prestigious, being made as infrequently as the Gran Reserva '890' but in a different style - old oak rather than new, and aged for nine years rather than 13. A number of critics prefer this more immediately elegant and appealing style. Wine Enthusiast in fact named Gran Reserva 904 as their number one wine in the world in 2016. This year sees the second-ever release of the Gran Reserva 'Vina Arana'. More accessible in terms of price and style, but made with the same painstaking care and attention to detail. La Rioja Alta didn't make either '904' or '890' in 2014, so all their best fruit from this cooler vintage found its way into the Arana. Aged in three-year-old oak for three years, followed by three years in bottle, Tim Atkin MW stamps the wine 'old fashioned Rioja at its glorious best.'