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La Rioja Alta 890 Gran Reserva 2005 (750ml)

Price: SGD $250.00

I tasted the 2005 Gran Reserva 890 again, and I liked it better this time than in my previous review, even if I normally like the Gran Reserva 904 better than this bottling, as I find it better balanced. I tend to feel less energy in this wine, as it spends a very long time in barrel, six years in this case. 2005 was an excellent vintage, and they implemented some improvements in the harvest, introducing 350-kilo boxes and refrigerated transport to the winery, which they think provides better grapes and potentially better quality of the wines. The palate is medium-bodied, the tannins have mostly melted, and it has lively acidity that lift the wine up. This is a very classical and polished Rioja. 57,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in March 2012. Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate

Region: Rioja, Spain

Grape Varietal: 95% Tempranillo, 3% Graciano, 2% Mazuelo

Critic Rating: Wine Advocate 95 Points, Wine Spectator 95 Points

Suggested Drink Window: 2019 - 2035

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