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La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 890 2005 (RP95)

La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 890 2005 (RP95)

HK$1,200.00
HK$990.00
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Description

Country:             Spain
Region:               Rioja
Rating:                RP95, WS95, JS98

Grape Variety:  95% Tempranillo, 3% Graciano, 2% Mazuelo
Type of Wine:   Red Wine
Bottle Size:        750ml

By Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 95
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.

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