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 2005 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £762.47
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
Delivery to Storage from 25 Oct 2021

Rioja 6x75cl 2 98 (TA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £762.47
La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 1997 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £608.87
1997

La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 1997 (6x75cl)
Delivery to Storage from 25 Oct 2021

Rioja 6x75cl 2 - Inc. VAT: £608.87
La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 2000 (6x150cl)
Inc. VAT: £988.54
2000

La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 2000 (6x150cl)

Vinous (92)

(90% tempranillo and 10% graciano; aged in American oak for four years): Bright red. Sexy, oak-spiced aromas of raspberry, cherry compote and pipe tobacco. Smoky, sweet and penetrating, offering intense red fruit flavors that take a darker turn to cherry-cola with air. Closes sweet and long, with resonating spiciness, supple tannins and a whiplash of vanillin oak.
Delivery to Storage from 10 Oct 2021

Rioja 6x150cl 1 92 (VN) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £988.54
La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 2000 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £526.07
2000

La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 2000 (6x75cl)

Vinous (92)

(90% tempranillo and 10% graciano; aged in American oak for four years): Bright red. Sexy, oak-spiced aromas of raspberry, cherry compote and pipe tobacco. Smoky, sweet and penetrating, offering intense red fruit flavors that take a darker turn to cherry-cola with air. Closes sweet and long, with resonating spiciness, supple tannins and a whiplash of vanillin oak.
Delivery to Storage from 10 Oct 2021

Rioja 6x75cl 1 92 (VN) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £526.07
La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 2005 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £419.27
2005

La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 2005 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (96)

The 2005 Gran Reserva 904 is a superb blend of Tempranillo from the villages of Briñas, Labastida and Villalba with 10% Graciano from Briones and Rodezno. The grapes were destemmed and crushed and fermented in stainless steel for 18 days at 25 C. Malolactic fermentation was spontaneous and lasted 38 days. These wines are marked by a long aging in used American oak barrels following the most strict Riojan tradition; four years during which time the wine was manually racked eight times. This is usually my favorite wine from La Rioja Alta and 2005 is one of its best showings, going back to the quality of the vintages of the 1950s and 60s. The nose is very balsamic with notes of camphor, hints of mint, leather and hung game wrapped around a core of cherries in liqueur. Together it is balanced, subtle, truly elegant and classical. The palate is only medium-bodied but with great concentration of flavors that are very tasty, mineral, almost salty and framed by ultra-fine tannins and smashing balance. A great classic. This wine will be released in October 2015, a full ten years after the vintage. At this quality level this is a bargain. 150,000 bottles produced.
Delivery to Storage from 25 Oct 2021

Rioja 6x75cl 1 96 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £419.27
La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 2010 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £396.47
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.
Delivery to Storage from 25 Oct 2021

Rioja 6x75cl 1 98 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £396.47
La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 2011 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £274.07
2011

La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 2011 (6x75cl)

Vinous (94)

The 2011 Rioja Gran Reserva 904 has been one of my go-to cuvées since my earliest days as a wine lover. This latest release is a blend of 60-year-old Tempranillo from Briñas, Rodenzo and Villalba (89%) and the remainder Graciano from the Montecillo vineyard. Fully de-stemmed and aged for 54 months in American oak, it was bottled in November 2016. This is more reticent and less forthcoming on the nose compared to the Viña Ardanza, gradually unfolding to reveal enticing scents of raspberry, crushed strawberry, warm leather, terra cotta and a touch of meat juice. This needed more decanting than the Ardanza. The palate is beautifully balanced with fine-grained tannins, and ultra-smooth in terms of texture. Layers of red fruit laced with clove, sprigs of fresh mint and blood orange dovetail into a soy-tinged finish that you expect to fan out, though it declines; it needs maybe another 12–18 months to really show what it is capable of. Magnificent.
2 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

Rioja 6x75cl 2 94 (VN) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £274.07
La Rioja Alta Vina Alberdi Reserva 2016 (12x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £308.14
2016

La Rioja Alta Vina Alberdi Reserva 2016 (12x75cl)
Delivery to Storage from 25 Oct 2021

Rioja 12x75cl 4 - Inc. VAT: £308.14
La Rioja Alta Vina Arana Gran Reserva 2012 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £328.07
2012

La Rioja Alta Vina Arana Gran Reserva 2012 (6x75cl)
1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

Rioja 6x75cl 1 - Inc. VAT: £328.07
La Rioja Alta Vina Arana Gran Reserva 2014 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £230.87
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.
Delivery to Storage from 25 Oct 2021

Rioja 6x75cl 3 94 (TA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £230.87
La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Rioja Reserva 2007 (12x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £392.14
2007

La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Rioja Reserva 2007 (12x75cl)

Wine Advocate (94)

The 2007 Viña Ardanza Reserva is a blend of Tempranillo with 20% Garnacha, the Tempranillo from 30-year-old vineyards La Cuesta and Montecillo in the villages of Fuenmayor and Cenicero, and the Garnacha from old head-pruned vines at 600 meters altitude in Tudelilla, in Rioja Baja, from plots next to their Finca La Pedriza. Those should soon be mature enough to go into the wine (they were planted in 2004 and they will make it into the Ardanza blend from 2007-2008). The grapes are fermented separately with natural yeasts and the Tempranillo then matured in American oak barrels averaging four years old for 36 months, while the Garnacha matured in second- and third-use American oak barrels for 30 months. The nose is very fresh, with notes of beef blood, iron, cherries in liqueur, some subtle leather and spices plus notes of autumn forest and truffles. The palate is more lively and has some tannins that would feel better integrated with some food or a little bit of time in bottle It was bottled in November 2011. This will be released around September/October 2015, so by the time it hits the shelves it will be more polished. Great value for money. 600,000 bottles were produced.
Delivery to Storage from 25 Oct 2021

Rioja 12x75cl 1 94 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £392.14
La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Rioja Reserva 2012 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £186.47
2012

La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Rioja Reserva 2012 (6x75cl)

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.
Delivery to Storage from 25 Oct 2021

Rioja 6x75cl 3 95 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £186.47
Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 890 2005 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £622.00
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
Delivery to Storage from 25 Oct 2021

Rioja 6x75cl 2 98 (TA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £622.00
La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 1997 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £494.00
1997

La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 1997 (6x75cl)
Delivery to Storage from 25 Oct 2021

Rioja 6x75cl 2 - In Bond: £494.00
La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 2000 (6x150cl)
In Bond: £797.00
2000

La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 2000 (6x150cl)

Vinous (92)

(90% tempranillo and 10% graciano; aged in American oak for four years): Bright red. Sexy, oak-spiced aromas of raspberry, cherry compote and pipe tobacco. Smoky, sweet and penetrating, offering intense red fruit flavors that take a darker turn to cherry-cola with air. Closes sweet and long, with resonating spiciness, supple tannins and a whiplash of vanillin oak.
Delivery to Storage from 10 Oct 2021

Rioja 6x150cl 1 92 (VN) Read Review/Description In Bond: £797.00
La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 2000 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £425.00
2000

La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 2000 (6x75cl)

Vinous (92)

(90% tempranillo and 10% graciano; aged in American oak for four years): Bright red. Sexy, oak-spiced aromas of raspberry, cherry compote and pipe tobacco. Smoky, sweet and penetrating, offering intense red fruit flavors that take a darker turn to cherry-cola with air. Closes sweet and long, with resonating spiciness, supple tannins and a whiplash of vanillin oak.
Delivery to Storage from 10 Oct 2021

Rioja 6x75cl 1 92 (VN) Read Review/Description In Bond: £425.00
La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 2005 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £336.00
2005

La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 2005 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (96)

The 2005 Gran Reserva 904 is a superb blend of Tempranillo from the villages of Briñas, Labastida and Villalba with 10% Graciano from Briones and Rodezno. The grapes were destemmed and crushed and fermented in stainless steel for 18 days at 25 C. Malolactic fermentation was spontaneous and lasted 38 days. These wines are marked by a long aging in used American oak barrels following the most strict Riojan tradition; four years during which time the wine was manually racked eight times. This is usually my favorite wine from La Rioja Alta and 2005 is one of its best showings, going back to the quality of the vintages of the 1950s and 60s. The nose is very balsamic with notes of camphor, hints of mint, leather and hung game wrapped around a core of cherries in liqueur. Together it is balanced, subtle, truly elegant and classical. The palate is only medium-bodied but with great concentration of flavors that are very tasty, mineral, almost salty and framed by ultra-fine tannins and smashing balance. A great classic. This wine will be released in October 2015, a full ten years after the vintage. At this quality level this is a bargain. 150,000 bottles produced.
Delivery to Storage from 25 Oct 2021

Rioja 6x75cl 1 96 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £336.00
La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 2010 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £317.00
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.
Delivery to Storage from 25 Oct 2021

Rioja 6x75cl 1 98 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: £317.00
La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 2011 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £215.00
2011

La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 2011 (6x75cl)

Vinous (94)

The 2011 Rioja Gran Reserva 904 has been one of my go-to cuvées since my earliest days as a wine lover. This latest release is a blend of 60-year-old Tempranillo from Briñas, Rodenzo and Villalba (89%) and the remainder Graciano from the Montecillo vineyard. Fully de-stemmed and aged for 54 months in American oak, it was bottled in November 2016. This is more reticent and less forthcoming on the nose compared to the Viña Ardanza, gradually unfolding to reveal enticing scents of raspberry, crushed strawberry, warm leather, terra cotta and a touch of meat juice. This needed more decanting than the Ardanza. The palate is beautifully balanced with fine-grained tannins, and ultra-smooth in terms of texture. Layers of red fruit laced with clove, sprigs of fresh mint and blood orange dovetail into a soy-tinged finish that you expect to fan out, though it declines; it needs maybe another 12–18 months to really show what it is capable of. Magnificent.
2 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

Rioja 6x75cl 2 94 (VN) Read Review/Description In Bond: £215.00
La Rioja Alta Vina Alberdi Reserva 2016 (12x75cl)
In Bond: £230.00
2016

La Rioja Alta Vina Alberdi Reserva 2016 (12x75cl)
Delivery to Storage from 25 Oct 2021

Rioja 12x75cl 4 - In Bond: £230.00
La Rioja Alta Vina Arana Gran Reserva 2012 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £260.00
2012

La Rioja Alta Vina Arana Gran Reserva 2012 (6x75cl)
1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

Rioja 6x75cl 1 - In Bond: £260.00
La Rioja Alta Vina Arana Gran Reserva 2014 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £179.00
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.
Delivery to Storage from 25 Oct 2021

Rioja 6x75cl 3 94 (TA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £179.00
La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Rioja Reserva 2007 (12x75cl)
In Bond: £300.00
2007

La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Rioja Reserva 2007 (12x75cl)

Wine Advocate (94)

The 2007 Viña Ardanza Reserva is a blend of Tempranillo with 20% Garnacha, the Tempranillo from 30-year-old vineyards La Cuesta and Montecillo in the villages of Fuenmayor and Cenicero, and the Garnacha from old head-pruned vines at 600 meters altitude in Tudelilla, in Rioja Baja, from plots next to their Finca La Pedriza. Those should soon be mature enough to go into the wine (they were planted in 2004 and they will make it into the Ardanza blend from 2007-2008). The grapes are fermented separately with natural yeasts and the Tempranillo then matured in American oak barrels averaging four years old for 36 months, while the Garnacha matured in second- and third-use American oak barrels for 30 months. The nose is very fresh, with notes of beef blood, iron, cherries in liqueur, some subtle leather and spices plus notes of autumn forest and truffles. The palate is more lively and has some tannins that would feel better integrated with some food or a little bit of time in bottle It was bottled in November 2011. This will be released around September/October 2015, so by the time it hits the shelves it will be more polished. Great value for money. 600,000 bottles were produced.
Delivery to Storage from 25 Oct 2021

Rioja 12x75cl 1 94 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £300.00
La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Rioja Reserva 2012 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £142.00
2012

La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Rioja Reserva 2012 (6x75cl)

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.
Delivery to Storage from 25 Oct 2021

Rioja 6x75cl 3 95 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: £142.00

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