January 25th 2017
The sumptuous 904 bottling comes from 300 hectares of vineyards in different parts of the best zones of the Rioja Alta region, out of which they make this first class Rioja. This is a firm favourite within the Goedhuis team and a wine we follow every year as it is simply so easy to drink and utterly delicious.
With an extremely impressive heritage and consistently high level of quality, it is no wonder their wines receive glowing awards and reviews from the top critics. Happily this praise has not gone to their head and prices have stayed remarkably fair.
‘Quite simply, these are some of the finest Riojas that can grace your cellar.’ Neal Martin
2007 was marked by exceptional late weather and provided very healthy grapes. It was officially rated “very good” in Rioja. The wine always has a gorgeous velvety texture, red-fruited profile, and a lovely, meaty savoury finish. The 2007 is so inviting it is ready to enjoy immediately.
Yields were lower in 2007, so please be quick to avoid disappointment.
2007 La Rioja Alta “904” Gran Reserva Rioja
£160.00 per 6 IB / £207.00 per 6 inc VAT
Wonderful purity of fruit with a strawberry, currant and plum character. Full and velvety body with ultra-fine tannins and a delicious fresh and fruity finish. Classic Rioja style. Que lindo! Drink now. 97 points James Suckling
If Viña Ardanza seems to be going fast, the Gran Reserva 904 is even faster and we’re now on the 2007 Gran Reserva 904. This wants to be the classic Gran Reserva–polished, silky and elegant, with aging potential. It is a blend of Tempranillo with 10% Mazuelo aged for four years in well-seasoned American oak barrels, with eight manual rackings. I found that the freshness of the vintage and its relatively young age gave the wine a youngish character that I loved, combining developed notes of meat, spices, leather and balsam with almost cherry-like aromas. The palate feels balanced and elegant, with fine-grained and fully resolved tannins and great acidity. This vintage of 904 surprised me! 95 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
This supple red delivers bright, focused flavors of dried cherry, orange peel, vanilla, sandalwood, tobacco and spice, with light tannins and fresh acidity. An elegant rendering of the traditional style. Drink now through 2022. 93 points Wine Spectator