Sunday, September 7, 2008
High on Rioja.
We are in NY this weekend, and had this beautiful wine at Alta. La Rioja Alta, "904", 1995. It had a soft silky texture, probably because it's 13 years old. It's totally cool that his is the current release. Well worth checking out. Its fun to drink old wines especially when you don't have to store them yourself and pine about when to open them. I hate that.
Peter enjoyed its modern, slightly oaky style, I liked it's perfumed nose with lots of dark fruits and a chalky mouthfeel. The oak doesn't express itself in rich vanilla notes, rather in a more subtle spicy way, loads of baking spices. And it just got better and better as it sat in the glass.
Looks like you can get it at K&L for $51.99.
90 Points from Parker just in case that sort of thing interests you.