La Rioja Alta

About La Rioja Alta

La  Rioja Alta traces its roots back to 1890 when five growers from Rioja and the Basque Country founded the Sociedad Vinicola de La Rioja Alta in Haro Station District. One of the growers, Daniel-Alfredo Ardanza y Sanchez, subsequently merged the group with his winery in 1904. The La Rioja Gran Reserva 890 and Gran Reserva 904 serve to commemorate these two significant events, with the “1” is omitted to avoid confusion with the vintage. The group currently owns 425 hectares of vineyard and 4 wineries - 2 in Rioja and 1 each in Ribera del Duero and Rias Biaxas. The La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 is produced in the original winery in Rioja.

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Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 890 2001 (6x75cl)
HK$8,835.00
2001

La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 890 2001 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (95)

2001 is a great vintage for all the wines from La Rioja Alta but the long-awaited 2001 Gran Reserva 890 is otherworldly. 2001 was a slow maturing vintage which produced smaller grapes especially in the old vineyards on the slopes of the Sierra Cantabria in the villages of Brinas, Labastida and Villalba where the vineyards that make it into this wine are located. The final blend contains a majority of Tempranillo with 3% Graciano and 2% Mazuelo. The wine ferments with the natural yeasts attached to the grapes in stainless steel vats and is aged for six years in used American oak barrels with 12 manual rackings. A selection of the best barrels were blended together and bottled unfiltered in March 2008. Only 15,000 bottles were produced. It shows (even) younger and more concentrated than the 2004 904, a darker shade of red and a somehow backward and reticent nose (relatively speaking) of forest floor, cold bonfire, antique shop, truffles, game, sandalwood, nutmeg and clove. The fruit is also a little darker and the palate more austere, but still showing vibrant and supple, with clean flavors and a great finish. This is my favorite modern time 890. Bravo! Drink 2016-2026.
In Stock in Singapore

Rioja 6x75cl 1 95 (WA) Read Review/Description HK$8,835.00
La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 890 2005 (6x75cl)
HK$9,040.00
2005

La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 890 2005 (6x75cl)

Tim Atkin (98)

Made with grapes from some of the winery’s oldest parcels in Brinas, Labastida and Villaba this really is one of the best 890s ever. Blending Tempranillo with 3% Graciano and 2% Mazuelo, it combines the grace and elegance of a great Musigny with the sweetness, focus and balance of a classic Rioja. Scented, complex and very long. 2017-30
In Stock in United Kingdom

Rioja 6x75cl 1 98 (TA) Read Review/Description HK$9,040.00
La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 2009 (6x75cl)
HK$3,126.00
2009

La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 2009 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (97)

This is a driven and super tight Gran Reserva with dark berries and hints of spice and cedar. A spicy red-pepper undertone and some dried flowers. Full to medium body, integrated tannins and a superb finish. A great wine. Available in September 2018. A wine for the cellar, but why wait?
In Stock in United Kingdom

Rioja 6x75cl 1 97 (JS) Read Review/Description HK$3,126.00
La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 2010 (6x75cl)
HK$3,780.00
2010

La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 2010 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (98)

Fresh blueberries and brambleberries take center stage, which is striking for a wine of this age. There are also lots of roasted herbs, such as sage, not to mention floral elements, including lavender and dried violets. Then come cedar, sandalwood and tar. The tannins are incredibly round and soft, without the slightest hint of anything dry. This is among the most elegant of Riojas, where the acidity is wonderfully pronounced and cuts right through any touch of dried fruit. Long and powerful, yet subtle on the finish. Drink now, or hold for a very long time.
1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

Rioja 6x75cl 1 98 (JS) Read Review/Description HK$3,780.00
La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 2011 (6x75cl)
HK$2,500.00
HK$2,130.00
2011

La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 2011 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (96)

Lovely dried red fruit, such as plums with just a hint of prunes. Cedar, walnut and leather undertones. Full-bodied with lots of fruit, considering its age, as well as hints of smoke, tobacco, bark and black tea. Some balsamic at the finish. Traditionally styled with lovely results. Drink or hold.
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
12-14 weeks

Rioja 6x75cl 6 96 (JS) Read Review/Description HK$2,500.00
HK$2,130.00
La Rioja Alta Vina Alberdi Reserva 2016 (12x75cl)
HK$2,000.00
2016

La Rioja Alta Vina Alberdi Reserva 2016 (12x75cl)
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
3-4 months

Rioja 12x75cl 3 - HK$2,000.00
La Rioja Alta Vina Arana Gran Reserva 2012 (6x75cl)
HK$2,765.00
2012

La Rioja Alta Vina Arana Gran Reserva 2012 (6x75cl)
In Stock in United Kingdom

Rioja 6x75cl 1 - HK$2,765.00
La Rioja Alta Vina Arana Gran Reserva 2014 (6x75cl)
HK$2,140.00
2014

La Rioja Alta Vina Arana Gran Reserva 2014 (6x75cl)

Tim Atkin (94)

La Rioja Alta is one of the most traditional wineries in Haro’s Barrio de la Estación, famous for producing wines that are good to drink on release, but also age beautifully in bottle. This new Gran Reserva, made from Tempranillo with 6% Graciano for added backbone, is very much a reflection of the cooler, more “Atlantic” 2014 vintage. La Rioja Alta didn’t make its top two Gran Reservas – 904 and 890 – in 2014, so all of its best grapes were used for Viña Arana. Fine and elegant, with vibrant acidity, notes of coconut and cinnamon from the American oak and a core of savoury, refreshing tobacco leaf and red berry flavours framed by fine, caressing tannins. Old-fashioned Rioja at its glorious best.
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
3-4 months

Rioja 6x75cl 4 94 (TA) Read Review/Description HK$2,140.00
La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Rioja Reserva 2004 (6x150cl)
HK$5,530.00
2004

La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Rioja Reserva 2004 (6x150cl)

Wine Advocate (93)

The 2004 Vina Ardanza is a blend of 80% Tempranillo and 20% Garnacha from 30-year-old vines in Fuenmayor and Cenicero. It is aged for 36 months in four-year-old American oak. It has a very enticing bouquet with dark cherry, Christmas cake, dried fig and espresso with fine delineation and bags of exuberance. The palate is medium-bodied with taut tannins, underpinned by a keen citric thread that cuts through the licorice-tinged, dark berry and allspice-tinged fruit with style. It is simply delicious on the bittersweet finish. Drink now-2020+
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
3-4 months

Rioja 6x150cl 1 93 (WA) Read Review/Description HK$5,530.00
La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Rioja Reserva 2009 (6x150cl)
HK$4,030.00
2009

La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Rioja Reserva 2009 (6x150cl)

Wine Advocate (93+)

The current vintage of one of the flagship wines from La Rioja Alta is the 2009 Viña Ardanza Reserva, the second year it has contained 20% Garnacha grapes from their estate vineyards in La Pedriza in the village of Tudelilla in Rioja Baja. The Tempranillo comes from vineyards averaging 30 years of age in Fuenmayor and Cenicero. The hand-harvested bunches were sorted and put in boxes, transferred to the winery at 14 degrees Celsius to be destemmed and crushed, then the grapes fermented in stainless steel, including malolactic. The two varieties were aged separately, 36 months in used American oak barrels for Tempranillo and 30 months for Garnacha, and racked every six months. It was initially closed, shy and serious, riper and a little darker than the 2008 but still very balanced, serious and harmonious. The palate combines power with elegance, with some tannins, focused flavors, some chalky texture and a rustic touch that gives it character. 600,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in May 2014.
In Stock in United Kingdom

Rioja 6x150cl 1 93+ (WA) Read Review/Description HK$4,030.00
La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Rioja Reserva 2012 (6x150cl)
HK$3,365.00
2012

La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Rioja Reserva 2012 (6x150cl)

James Suckling (95)

Traditional and beautiful in character with plum, balsamic, orange-peel and leather aromas and flavors. It’s medium-to full-bodied with creamy texture and a long, intense aftertaste. Drink or hold.
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
3-4 months

Rioja 6x150cl 2 95 (JS) Read Review/Description HK$3,365.00
La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Rioja Reserva 2015 (12x75cl)
HK$3,375.00
2015

La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Rioja Reserva 2015 (12x75cl)

Tim Atkin (94)

One of two vintages of Ardanza that are currently on the market, the 2015 is a cuvée of Tempranillo from Fuenmayor and Cenicero and 20% Garnacha from high altitude Tudelilla in the Rioja Oriental. Savoury and aromatic, with a slight animal note, this has raspberry and wild strawberry fruit, scented oak and sweet baking spices. 2021-27
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
3-4 months

Rioja 12x75cl 6 94 (TA) Read Review/Description HK$3,375.00

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