1998 LA RIOJA ALTA 890 Gran Reserva 75cl (Rioja, Spain)
Style - Elegant
Grapes - Tempranillo, Garnacha
Tasting - Sublime and elegant, at perfect point of maturity, this wine will reward the patience of those who have waited this long. Silky smooth, with aromas of blueberry pie, leather, tobacco and graphite. Into the tertiary flavour zone now that the fresh berry fruit has faded. A gracious old marvel this one.
FYI - Gran Reserva 890 is named, rather confusingly, after the date of the creation of La Rioja Alta (1890). It is the non-plus-ultra of the family, a wine that slumbers patiently for 6 years in oak, then is allowed to rest in bottle for a few more years before its released.
ABV - 13.5%