Tasted in October 2014. The 904 Gran Reserva 1998 brings out the best of the vintage; one of Rioja Altas finest in the 90s, as displayed by the quality of the 890 release from the same year. The nose exhibits dark and rich notes of dried berries, purple flowers, tobacco, vanilla and the smallest note of orange rind. The palate is smooth and silky with redcurrant and cherry dominating the fruit profile that is accompanied by notes of cloves, spice and soft tannins. The finish has a delightful lingering floral quality that encapsulates a wine currently in perfect balance and ready to enjoy.
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The 1998 Gran Reserva 904 is a blend of 90% Tempranillo and 10% Graciano aged in American cask for four years. It has a very fine nose with notes of dried honey, cloves, raisin and wild heather that blossom in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with a touch of orange peel on the entry. It has an effortless sense of harmony and poise, with a crisp tense finish and suffused with a sorbet-like freshness. It just dances across the palate, a memorable Rioja with style and panache. Drink now-2030.
Score: 95 Points
Robert Parker's "The Wine Advocate"
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