2005 Rioja Gran Reserva 904 La Rioja Alta (Case - 6/75cl)
This vintage was officially rated as Excellent, which coincides with our assessment. After budbreak at the normal time of the year, moderate, well-distributed spring rains led to proper canopy development, which lasted until fruit set, helping to balance production. September temperatures were moderate during the day and cool at night, allowing the grapes to acquire the typical traits of this part of Rioja. In 2005, we launched major improvements in the harvesting system, using 350 kg crates and refrigerated transport to the crush pad, resulting in a major qualitative leap in the winemaking process. Alcoholic fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks at a temperature of 28 °C and lasted 15 days. Batches were selected and allowed to complete malolactic fermentation naturally over 38 days. In March 2006, the wine was transferred to 4-year-old American oak barrels (made in-house), where it stayed until March 2010. During ageing, the wine was racked every six months using traditional barrelto-barrel methods. After a settling period, the final blend was bottled in November 2010.
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