Fresh off the press, the newest edition of the much beloved La Rioja Alta’s 904 has arrived stateside. Only produced during exceptional years, this year’s edition is sourced from 2009 and offers a clinic on freshness and beautiful power. More importantly, we just discovered that there will be no 904’s produced for 2012, 2013 or 2014! So for those legion of followers (and there truly are a legion), you best stock up!
2009 La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva 904
“This super classical cuvée showcases the wines from Haro, silky and elegant after long aging in oak and a good future in bottle. 2009 was a powerful vintage, ripe but with good balance. The blend is approximately 90% Tempranillo and 10% Graciano, fermented in stainless steel with a 78-day natural malolactic. The aging was in four-year-old American oak barrels crafted by their own coopers; the wines aged from April 2010 until April 2014. During that time, the wine was racked every six months, to be finally bottled in November 2014. This is usually my favorite wine from the portfolio, where the balance between aging and youth reaches its highest point. It's developed but it keeps some fruit character, plenty of spices and balsamic aromas. The palate is polished but has some clout, with clean, focused flavors and a long, spicy and tasty finish. This represents good value for the quality it delivers.” 95 Points, Wine Advocate
More About the Wine
La Rioja Alta’s 904 has always had the magical touch of being in that perfect moment, aged just enough so that its vivid freshness has just turned to early, delicious maturity. You get the best of both worlds: succulent, rich stewed cherries and raspberries, elegant acidity, but with that creamy texture that comes from time and secondary hints of cinnamon, tobacco and leather. It’s a wonderful script and I’ve met very, very few who can ever resist.
2009 was legally classified by the appellation as “Very Good” which is not a surprise. We’ve been really enjoying Rioja’s born from 2009. It was a really, really, really hot and dry season leading many of the wines, including this 904, to be on the richer, riper, more theatrically side of the spectrum. They’re fun, they’re intense and have plenty of time left to impress. Judging by the 114 year track record of stellar success from this estate, we’re very confident this year’s edition will generate more than enough thrills for the coming decade.