La Rioja Alta with Jimmy Smith
La Rioja Alta is rightly praised as the benchmark for traditionally produced Rioja. The company still maintains traditional Rioja winemaking practices whilst embracing many of the new technological advances and consistently carves out utterly delicious wines. This tasting will discover four iconic labels of La Rioja Alta including the Viña Arana, Viña Ardanza and the Gran Reserva 890 and 904. This tasting is hosted by chief wine taster and wine school founder Jimmy Smith.
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Established in 1890 their three Reserva Wine brands, Alberdi, Arana and Ardanza are named after the founding families, all three of which remain shareholders. It is unusual for a great bodega of Rioja to own vineyards, but La Rioja Alta own 360ha from which they can source top-quality grapes, resulting in excellent fruit and richness throughout their wines. Tempranillo dominates the plantings, complemented with a small proportion of Garnacha and Graciano vines.The company is renowned for the quality of its Reservas and in particular for its Gran Reservas, the 904 and the 890. The latter are produced only in exceptional years, are amongst the finest wines being produced in Rioja today.
Wines on Tasting (8)
- Viña Arana Reserva 2009 (£20)
- Viña Ardanza Reserva 2008 (£25)
- Gran Reserva 904 2007 (£50)
- Gran Reserva 904 2005 (£55)
- Gran Reserva 904 2004 (£55)
- Gran Reserva 904 2001 (£75)
- Gran Reserva 890 2004 (£85)
- Gran Reserva 890 2001 (£110)
On this evening you will discover why La Rioja Alta is one of the great estates of the world of wine. Do not miss!
Places remaining: 2
Course Date/Time: Thu 28th Feb 2019 at 7pm
Duration: 2 hours
Venue: The Wine Cellars, Fulham