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2010 La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva
 
96+ The Wine Advocate
98 James Suckling
 
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La Rioja Alta has produced one of the top wines in a top vintage of great Spanish wines, and from a price-quality ratio viewpoint, this wine ticks all of the boxes. The producer has recently begun converting its vineyards to organic farming. This wine heralds back to legendary vintages such as the 2001, 1973 and 1964 -  a worthy candidate for any eclectic cellar.  

   

It seems like yesterday when the superb 2001 was released, and now I already have the 2010 Gran Reserva 904 in my glass. It has to be among the greatest modern time vintages of this mythical bottling, where they aim for a wine that has a long aging potential. This is mostly Tempranillo with 10% Graciano and 13.5% alcohol, and it matured in fourth-used American oak barrels for four years, during which time the wine was racked every six months. It has the combination of elegance and power only the best vintages are capable of, with the classical aromas, great detail and nuance, very good balance and persistence. They consider 2010 among the best years of this century, and maybe future generations will talk about 2010 like we talk about the great classical vintages of yesterday today. The palate is polished but shows plenty of energy and tension, the tannins are very fine and elegant, and the flavors are focused and clean. This has to be one of the greatest wines from the vintage. A legend in the making. 150,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in July 2015. Luis Gutierrez - The Wine Advocate

 

Fresh blueberries and brambleberries take center stage, which is striking for a wine of this age. There are also lots of roasted herbs, such as sage, not to mention floral elements, including lavender and dried violets. Then come cedar, sandalwood and tar. The tannins are incredibly round and soft, without the slightest hint of anything dry. This is among the most elegant of Riojas, where the acidity is wonderfully pronounced and cuts right through any touch of dried fruit. Long and powerful, yet subtle on the finish. Drink now, or hold for a very long time. James Suckling

 


Sincerely,

Ron van Vlaardingen  
Fine Wine Sales Director

Grand Vin Wine Merchants

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