La Rioja Alta

Selección Especial Gran Reserva 890 Rioja Tempranillo Blend

9.388 ratings
9.317 pro ratings
La Rioja, Spain
Tempranillo Blend
Duck, Pasta, Beans & Peas, Goose, Chili & Hot Spicy, Exotic Spices, Game, Baking Spices, Herbs, Mushrooms, Hard Cheese, Turkey, Pork, Salami & Prosciutto, Tomato-Based, Venison, Pungent Cheese, Soft Cheese, Onion, Chicken, Veal, Paella
Top Notes For
Boris Mathiszik

Powerful nose. Layers of fruit and herbs. Very good Rioja.

Powerful nose. Layers of fruit and herbs. Very good Rioja.

Nov 16th, 2019
Shay A
9.5

Goodness I love LRA wines. The nose on these are intoxicating. American oak has calmed down but still full of coconut and dill. Could smell it all day. Incredibly pure on the palate. Blackberries, Mexican vanilla, green pepper. No tannic bite.

Goodness I love LRA wines. The nose on these are intoxicating. American oak has calmed down but still full of coconut and dill. Could smell it all day. Incredibly pure on the palate. Blackberries, Mexican vanilla, green pepper. No tannic bite.

Dec 29th, 2017
Matté

Manager The Wine Cellars

9.4

Ooo WOOF!

Ooo WOOF!

1 person found it helpfulApr 3rd, 2015
Spencer T. Hess

2001 vintage first bottle corked second bottle from six pack was the best wine I've had from the bodega. Can't wait for the 2004 release.

2001 vintage first bottle corked second bottle from six pack was the best wine I've had from the bodega. Can't wait for the 2004 release.

Dec 17th, 2016
Matté

Manager The Wine Cellars

9.6

90%temp 10%graciano with 4 yrs in American oak.
Massively elegant yet broody and intense, smokey red fruit with notes of truffle, caramel, toffee apple covered in balsamic vinegar with a touch of hazelnut (very light).
In the mouth this is a gem, a great acidic lift of umami instilled red berry fruit that is still unctuous, mouth watering and infinitely food friendly with a savoury, long finish. Outstanding.

90%temp 10%graciano with 4 yrs in American oak.
Massively elegant yet broody and intense, smokey red fruit with notes of truffle, caramel, toffee apple covered in balsamic vinegar with a touch of hazelnut (very light).
In the mouth this is a gem, a great acidic lift of umami instilled red berry fruit that is still unctuous, mouth watering and infinitely food friendly with a savoury, long finish. Outstanding.

Sep 5th, 2015
Mark Lindzy

Classic

Classic

Jul 30th, 2015
Shannon Hurley

Tasting Room manager Faustini Wines, Leader wine education classes, Main contributor for the Faustini wines blog, Introductory level for CMS

8.6

Great structure. Leather & smoky

Great structure. Leather & smoky

Oct 21st, 2014
Richard Portes

18- not powerful, not super long. But v complex nose and so elegant, so subtle. Very fine.

18- not powerful, not super long. But v complex nose and so elegant, so subtle. Very fine.

Apr 8th, 2020
Jason Gaffner

Outstanding as per usual w LRA

Outstanding as per usual w LRA

Feb 2nd, 2020
Jaume Claramunt

Is 904 not 890...

Is 904 not 890...

Oct 11th, 2019