Recently released by La Rioja Alta is the first ever ‘Selección Especial’ in the 904 series, which first came to the market nearly 120 years ago in 1904. A 904 Gran Reserva is only made three or four times a decade, and grapes comes from a very strict selection of the oldest vines in the best vineyards in the Rioja Alta region.

The winemaker of 30 years, Julio Sáenz, has stated that the 2015 “is the best 904 he has ever made”, which is why it has merited the Selección Especial label for the first time.

La Rioja Alta needs little introduction. One of Rioja’s most famous bodegas, this 300+ hectare estate was established in the heart of Haro in 1890 by five families, three remain shareholders today; the Alberdi, Arana and Ardanza families.

Five Riojas are made here, all reds. The first three of which bear the names of these families: Viña Alberdi (Crianza/Reserva), Viña Ardanza (Reserva) and Viña Arana (Reserva/Gran Reserva). However, while labelled as a ‘Reserva’, it is worth noting that Viña Ardanza is a ‘Gran Reserva’ in all but name, often surpassing minimum barrel ageing requirements for both.

The fourth and fifth wines are the La Rioja Alta’s Gran Reserva 890, named after the founding of La Rioja Alta in 1890, and Gran Reserva 904, which commemorates the formal merger of La Rioja Alta with the Ardanza family estate in 1904.

The 904 Gran Reserva is only made three or four times a decade, the most recent of which is the 2015 and before that in the 2011 vintage. In the years where there is no 904 the fruit goes to Arana or Alberdi. The 2015 Rioja 904 is also the first ever “Selección Especial” of this wine ever made, owing to the exceptional quality of the vintage. Rioja Alta has previously awarded this classification to the Gran Reserva 890 in 2001 and 2005, and also the Viña Ardanza in 1964, 1973, 2001, and more recently 2010.

The Gran Reserva 890 is the rarest and most premium offering from La Rioja Alta – when made spending at least 6 years in American oak followed by a few more years in bottle before it is released. In the years when no 890 is produced the fruit goes to Viña Arana.

If you are a newcomer to La Rioja Alta’s fantastic wines, or if you have not yet had a chance to sample the Gran Reservas then we encourage you do so.

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