Gran Reserva 904 2004, La Rioja Alta, 6x75cl bottles
La Rioja Alta
About the Producer
La Rioja Alta is widely recognised to be one of the finest wineries in the region and known for defining the traditional oak-aged style of Rioja. Founded on July 10th 1890 by five families, the...Read More
La Rioja Alta is widely recognised to be one of the finest wineries in the region and known for defining the traditional oak-aged style of Rioja. Founded on July 10th 1890 by five families, the descendants are still all important shareholders to this day. Indeed Guillermo de Aranzabal, president of La Rioja Alta, is the fifth generation of his family to work in the business. La Rioja Alta owns four wineries – two in Rioja, one in Rias Baixas and one in Ribera del Duero. Producing around 2.25 million bottles annually as a group (1.4m is sold under the brand La Rioja Alta) the company owns 554 hectares, 392 of which are in Rioja. There are two grounds on which La Rioja Alta remains firmly traditional - it only uses American oak, and indeed makes its own barrels, and also releases its wines comparatively late to other producers having aged them in both barrel and bottle and only putting them on the market once they are ready to drink. The Estate’s most celebrated Gran Reserva is the 890, which is named after the founding date of the winery, and the 904 marks the date when the Ardanza winery was merged with La Rioja Alta in 1904. A company steeped in history, three of the company’s wines are named after members of the founding families – Alberdi, Ardanza and Arana.
The pleasure of the Rioja Alta Wines is that they are released with time in cellar so are all perfectly ready for drinking today, even though of course they are equally age worthy and will happily sit in the cellar for time to come.
La Rioja Alta is one of the most respected Rioja producers and one of my favourites, ever since their wines did so well in the very first comparative tasting I ever arranged, back in the early 1980s... Jancis Robinson
The principal wine region of Spain producing predominantly red wines, Rioja is centred around the regional capital of Logroño in northern Spain. Named after the Rio (river) Oja, the region is divided into 3 areas: Rioja Alavesa, Rioja Alta and Rioja Baja. Promoted from DO to DOCA status in 1991, the permitted grape varieties are Tempranillo, Garnacha, Cariñena, Graciano, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malvasia and Viura. Tempranillo is the most widely planted variety, although most Riojas are now blended, often with Cariñena. Since the 1990s, most white Riojas are made almost exclusively from Viura.