‘A legend in the making… this has to be one of the finest vintages for this wine.’
97 points, Luis Gutiérrez, The Wine Advocate

‘I must confess that I find it hard to be objective about the 890, which is one of my all-time favourites, and 2010 is a particularly good vintage…the very essence of fine Rioja’.
98 points, Sarah Jane Evans MW, Decanter

A return to a stunning European wine in the classical tradition – but not one that was fermented just last October. Rather we have a ‘greatest ever’ vintage of a mesmerizing wine you can tuck into now and one that will have the legs to last just as long as those new vintages of the Bordeaux First Growths currently doing the rounds.

La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 890 is the top wine in the portfolio of this great house and 2010 is one of the key, great vintages in its history. Imperious, complex and almost ageless it is fit to grace the grandest of tables and offers a soothing counterpoint to the slew of new releases of young wines saturating the market.

‘A legend in the making’ says Gutierrez of the Advocate, an all time favourite – ‘the very essence of fine Rioja’ Sarah Jane Evans MW  – that just about captures La Rioja Alta 890 in this special vintage.  Other critics are as effusive – Tim Atkin MW ‘superlative… definitely worth the wait’ from the previous iteration the 2005.  And 890 while, on the face of it looks just like another number achieving high numbers and scores in the wine press, the reality is far from that impression.  La Rioja Alta 890 is a wine of commanding presence, personality and complexity.  Achieved through patience and real selection – it is usually released only 2 or 3 times per decade.  It is not a wine made by numbers whatsoever.  Neal Martin has previously captured the style, modus of La Rioja Alta best – recognising their place in the firmament of the fine stuff.

He once wrote:

‘Quite simply, these are some of the finest Riojas that can grace your cellar: complex, refined, classic but without compromising fruit intensity and to reiterate: wines that speak about where they come from…’

The words apply equally today. La Rioja Alta 890 might be compared with a Brunello Riserva from Biondi Santi perhaps or if you like from closer to home in Ribera del Duero a great Unico by Vega Sicilia.  There is something comparable here about the unforced manner of this fascinating wine that nevertheless shows abundant depths and subtleties.  It is a wine that quietly resonates. And as Evans suggests it is timeless – a wine exhibiting an almost unending period to delve into and enjoy along its inevitable path to greatness.

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2010 La Rioja Alta, Gran Reserva 890

GBP 780 in bond per case (6*75cl)

‘…2010 Gran Reserva 890, their flagship wine from one of the most heralded vintages of recent times, the next vintage of this wine since 2005. It’s 95% Tempranillo, 3% Graciano and 2% Mazuelo that fermented destemmed and crushed with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel vats for 18 days, the Tempranillo and Mazuelo together and the Graciano separately….The wine epitomizes the classical style of Rioja Alta with long aging in barrel, developed and tertiary wines with a silky palate and a complex and decadent nose of forest floor, truffles, cigar ash and cedar wood. They need a very special selection of vineyards at higher altitude that take longer to ripen, and they don’t do it fully every year. If they don’t, the grapes go to Ardanza, but in 2010, the days were warm and the nights very cold and the grapes ripened thoroughly and could stand the long time in barrel without being oaky. They have stopped the last rackings to keep a little more freshness, and the wine feels phenomenal. This has to be one of the finest vintages for this wine. It’s drinkable now but should also age for a very long time; it’s intense, complex and elegant. A selection of 236 barrels were blended and bottled unfiltered in March 2017… There will be a 2011 of this wine and then 2015 and possibly 2016 (but no 2012, 2013 or 2014). This is a very intense 890. Classicism in a bottle.’
97 points, Luis Guttierez, The Wine Advocate

This is really refined and complex, with dark mineral, savory berries, mussels, walnuts, sweet spices, truffles, dried oranges, forest floor and cocoa powder. Beautiful acidity with vertical and velvety tannins. Tense, dimensional and very long. Drink or keep holding.’
99 points, James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com

I must confess that I find it hard to be objective about the 890, which is one of my all-time favourites, and 2010 is a particularly good vintage. With attention to detail in the vineyard and in the winery, the wine – named after the founding year, only made in the very best years – gets ever better. It is the very essence of fine Rioja, with succulent cherry fruits, sweet spices, mocha, supple and generously rounded. Aged for no less than six years in carefully selected American oak, and with no sign of weariness. This one is made for the long haul. Drink 2023-2080.’
98 points, Sarah Jane Evans MW, Decanter

The superlative 2010…was definitely worth the wait. Partnering Tempranillo with 3% Graciano and 2% Mazuelo, it has a wonderful combination of structure, sweetness and focus. Aromatic spices, red berry fruit and top notes of tobacco and fresh leather are underpinned by age-worthy tannins and refreshing acidity.’
98 points, Tim Atkin MW