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.  

8 comments:

Wee Willy O'Fernandez said...

"Modern"?

Amy said...

Hey - that's what peter said. Don't shoot the messenger.

CobrasWine said...

Amy...that's Dame Judy Dench posing as me again. But I will echo his sentiment. "Modern"? Are you sure Peter didn't say "modem"?

Dame Helen Mogwai said...

Rioja, 1993: Yorkie Ordonez sez he regards La Rioja Alta to be the best traditional producer in the region & hopes one day to pry them away from Christopher Canaan. Emphasis on traditional as opposed to bretty &/or Barossa'd into oblivion, bitches.

Amy said...
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Amy said...

Ok Dame Judy, this is deal - you disrespect my husband like this again and I'm coming over and shaving your coyotes, if you know what I mean.

Dame Helen Back said...

I didn't disrespect - I forget that that's a verb now - anybody, least of all the bloke whose wine "graces" the cover of the October issue of Food & Wine. Okay, Sarah Palin is a wanker, but that's about it.

Amy said...

I know Dame JUdy - I was just joshin you. I just really wanted to talk about your coyotes.