La Rioja Alta is one of Spain's most iconic wineries. Founded in 1890 by Don Alfredo Ardanza together with 4 other families in the Rioja and Basque regions, the property was expanded in 1904 with the merger of La Rioja Alta and Don Alfredo's own Ardanza winery. The world renowned Gran Reserva 890 and 904 were labelled to commemorate these 2 events. Interestingly, the number "1" in front of the 2 sets of numbers was dropped so as not to mislead consumers into thinking that they were drinking the 1890 and 1904 vintages.
The stable of La Rioja Alta wines offer an amazing insight into the best Rioja wines and regularly score above 90 points with gold medals and trophies across vintages and labels. These wines are drinking well now but will reward the patient drinker with long term cellaring potential. The Gran Reserva 890, Gran Reserva 904 and Ardanza Reserva are all made for longevity. These wines are aged between 10 and 15 years before La Rioja Alta puts them out to the market. The vintages you see on promotion are the latest releases from the winery.
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