La Rioja Alta 'Gran Reserva 890' 1998, Rioja, Spain


Rioja, Spain


Open, medium-intensity cherry-red with an orange rim. The nose is very intense with a classic Rioja bouquet —spicy, balsamic, cured leather, cocoa, tobacco and vanilla notes set against a background of candied fruit. Elegant in the mouth, with good structure and balance, silky, creamy tannins and a lively acidity on the finish. Big, complex aftertaste which will grow as the wine ages in the bottle. This great classic Rioja is suitable with main courses without heavy sauces, meat stews and desserts with chocolate. -Winemaker's Notes

98pts -Decanter 
"A sober, refined wine now nearing its peak. Classic long aged Rioja, nose dominated by tertiary components: black tea, fine leather, balsamic notes. High-toned mouthfeel with great acidity and natural concentration."