La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 2009 

 April 17, 2019

By  Jess Walker

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La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 - 2009

La Rioja, Spain


Cost: $65 (average)

Jess - 5/5

Rating: 97 (James Suckling)

Travis -5/5

I have said before how much I LOVE Tempranillo and this Gran Reserva is no exception.  It's more expensive than we usually go for, but it is well worth in my personal opinion.

La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904

We sampled this beautiful wine at Wine Bar George ins Disney Springs while we were there for me to complete the runDisney Star Wars Challenge. (That's a 10k on Saturday and a Half Marathon on Sunday. Both require waking up at ungodly hours, but ultimately are a ton of fun for me.) 

But back to the wine... Wine Bar George is unique in that they allow you to purchase many wines by the ounce. So I tasted some that I usually wouldn't splurge on and I so happy I did! 

Winemaker Notes:

Subtlety, elegance, finesse, delicacy. Silk.
The wines of this vintage show great keeping potential thanks to the magnificent balance of components.  

~ La Rioja Alta Wines

Wine Notes:

  • Winery: La Rioja Alta
  • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • Varietal/Blend: 90% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano
  • Fermenting/Aging: 4 years in american oak

Tasting Notes:

Bright red wine with medium body with well balanced tannins. Complex nose with spices, vanilla, cherries and floral notes.  Balanced flavors with a long, spicy finish.

We only purchased an ounce of this amazing Tempranillo to taste and I was instantly looking up where I could order bottles.  I ordered 3 before our entree even arrived! And I'm not sure 3 will be enough! But that was pushing the current wine budget... so here we are.

Even though I only had a small amount, I saved (and savored) enough to taste with our main dish - a lovely skirt steak with chimichurri sauce with sides of roasted potatoes and asparagus. 

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Jess Walker

I love all things wine: drinking it, learning about how it's made, visiting where it's made, pairing with foods! I'm naturally curious, so back in 2013 during my first trip to Europe when I tasted my first glass of fantastic Rioja, I was hooked and had to start learning all I could on the subject. After a long time of friends asking me for wines to try or activities to add to their vacation itineraries, I decided to start a blog to write it all down. And that is how Wine, Dine, and Roam began!

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