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1985 La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 890 Rioja
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95 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2001

($105) Bright red with an amber rim. Vibrant, pungent aromas of redcurrant, cranberry, pomegranate seed, leather, hung game and cedary oak; ineffably complex and aromatic. Then silky, refined and aristocratic on the palate, with vibrant flavors of kirsch and licorice perfectly framed by ripe, harmonious acidity. This opens and expands in the mouth like a top-notch Medoc from the 1950s. Finishes with very suave, smooth tannins and great subtle persistence. (Europvin Iberia, Watertown, MA)

90 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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long finish
01/27/2002
by hellosenor
Incredible finish lasts forever.
This 1985 could rival 1985 Bordeaux!
09/10/2000
by Dr Willis
Spain is truly producing some of the finest wines today. Very complex and multidimentional, vintage Bordeaux came to mind. This wine has evolved well - all of the key components have come together. This wine defines SYMMETRY. Very smooth on the palate, there are plenty of flavors here: herbs, sweet red fruit, cedar, and tobacco leaf. Wow, what a finish!

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