La Rioja Alta 2011 Gran Reserva 904 750ml
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Lovely intensity on the nose – smoked meat, thyme and rosemary, and classic red fruit. Smooth tannins. Graceful and elegant.
Score: 97 points -- Decanter Magazine, Wines of the Year 2021: The Classic Wines
I usually prefer the 904 to the 890, but there will be no Gran Reserva 890 until the 2010 vintage (from the last vintage I tasted, 2005). So, the only one of the extended-aging Haro-style reds I tasted this time was the 2011 Gran Reserva 904, which had a hard act to follow after the 2010 vintage. It's a blend of 89% Tempranillo and 11% Graciano matured in American oak barrels for four years, and it was racked eight times from barrel to barrel during its élevage, which sounds a bit harsh for a vintage like 2011 when the wines were not as complete and robust as in 2010. It has the classic profile, aromas and flavors (decayed leaves, tobacco, sweet spices, a meaty touch and some black fruit), but the oak seems to take a more leading role and the palate feels less juicy. It finishes dry. The final blend was bottled in November 2016, filling 150,000 bottles.
Score: 94 points -- Luis Gutierrez, Robertparker.com, Jun 2020
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