La Rioja Alta continues to be one of the benchmarks for traditionally produced Rioja wine. Established in 1890 at the same spot where their head office sits today. The company still maintains traditional Rioja winemaking practices whilst embracing many of the new technological advances.
It is unusual for a great bodega of Rioja to own vineyards, but La Rioja Alta own 360ha from which they can source top-quality grapes, resulting in excellent fruit and richness throughout their wines. Tempranillo dominates the plantings, complemented with a small proportion of Garnacha and Graciano vines.
The company is renowned for the quality of its Reservas and in particular for its Gran Reservas, the 904 and the 890. The latter are produced only in exceptional years, are amongst the finest wines being produced in Rioja today. Our Gift set contains 1 bottle each of the following:
La Rioja Alta, Vina Alberdi, Rioja Reserva
Remind yourself why you fell in love with Rioja. This wonderful Reserva from La Rioja Alta has it all. The wine displays high aromatic intensity with dominating ripe fruit: raspberries, red cherries, wild strawberries and red currants set out against a balsamic background of vanilla, toasted caramel, biscuits, coffee and sweet mints. The palate offers great freshness and balance with well balanced tannins with notes of red fruit jam, prunes, coffee, vanilla and caramel.
Spain - Rioja Grape - Tempranillo ABV 14.5%
La Rioja Alta Reserva Vina Ardanza 2012
With 95 from James Suckling and 94 from Wine Advocate, this 2012 is one of the best releases of a fine, drought stricken vintage. It’s an icon wine of the region from its most renowned bodegas. With three years in barrel, the wine is very complex. The nose offers Sweet spices, autumn leaves, cherry liqueur and spice, intriguing with a palate of Silky, mature red fruits, layers of clove, cinnamon, balsamic notes
Spain - Rioja Grape - Tempranillo based blend ABV - 14.5%
La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva '904' 2011
The 2011 Rioja Gran Reserva 904 has been one of our go-to cuvées since our earliest days. This latest release is a blend of 60-year-old Tempranillo from Briñas, Rodenzo and Villalba (89%) and the remainder Graciano from the Montecillo vineyard. Fully de-stemmed and aged for 54 months in American oak, it was bottled in November 2016. This is more reticent and less forthcoming on the nose compared to the Viña Ardanza, gradually unfolding to reveal enticing scents of raspberry, crushed strawberry, warm leather, terra cotta and a touch of meat juice.
Spain - Rioja Grape - Tempranillo led blend ABV - 14.5%