Wines from La Rioja Alta

La Rioja Alta

The winery La Rioja Alta has its origins in the heart of the Rioja region and is located north of the city of Haro. The vineyard area has now grown to 660 hectares, which are divided over four wineries. La Rioja Alta is part of the La Rioja Alta S.A. Group.

At the end of the 19th century, five families founded the 'Sociedad Vinícola de La Rioja Alta', a so-called wine association. The first president was a woman, Doña Saturnina García Cid y Gárate. Under her leadership, the very first winemaker, a Frenchman, was employed. The first expansion took place about 100 years later, with the takeover of the traditional winery Lagar de Fornelos from the O Rosal sub-region in Galicia. The name changed to Lagar de Cervera. And it didn’t end with just this one expansion. In the next 10 years, vineyards were also acquired in Ribera del Duero and in Rioja Alavesa.

At La Rioja Alta, tradition and modern techniques are closely intertwined. The grapes are processed in Labastida. Labastida is the shared wine cellar and is equipped with the most advanced technology. Tempranillo, Mazuelo, Garnacha and Graciano are used. Of these four, Tempranillo takes the leading role in every wine. Because wood aging is the core of the wine's identity here, the wooden barrels are home made. In this way, the barrels can be made in such a way that they fully match the style that the winemaker has in mind. Before the coopers get to work, the imported wood is first laid out to dry in the open air.

The winery produces crianza, reserva and gran reserva wines. For that reason, the wood aging time varies per style. After maturing in barrel, the wines are first stored in the cellar before they are brought to market. These Spanish powerhouses are intense and layered, making for very complex wines. The reserva and gran reserva wines have an aging potential of at least 15 to 20 years.

The best vintages of La Rioja Alta are: 2001, 2004, 2005, 2010, 2016 and 2018.

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Parker 87
La Rioja Alta
La Rioja Alta - Ardanza Reserva  1987

Ardanza Reserva

1987
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BOW 8-
La Rioja Alta
La Rioja Alta - Ardanza Reserva 1993

Ardanza Reserva

1993
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Winespect. - J. Suckling 94
La Rioja Alta
La Rioja Alta - Ardanza Reserva  2004

Ardanza Reserva

2004
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Parker 93
La Rioja Alta
La Rioja Alta - Ardanza Reserva  2008

Ardanza Reserva

2008
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BOW 8
La Rioja Alta
La Rioja Alta - Ardanza Reserva  2010

Ardanza Reserva

2010
(Half bottle)
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Winespect. - J. Suckling 96
La Rioja Alta
La Rioja Alta - Ardanza Reserva 2010

Ardanza Reserva

2010
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Parker 92
La Rioja Alta
La Rioja Alta - Gran Reserva 890 1985

Gran Reserva 890

1985
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Winespect. - J. Suckling 98
La Rioja Alta
La Rioja Alta - Gran Reserva 890 2005

Gran Reserva 890

2005
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Winespect. - J. Suckling 97
La Rioja Alta
La Rioja Alta - Gran Reserva 890 2010

Gran Reserva 890

2010
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Parker 97
La Rioja Alta
La Rioja Alta - Gran Reserva 904 1964

Gran Reserva 904

1964
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Parker 97
La Rioja Alta
La Rioja Alta - Gran Reserva 904 1968

Gran Reserva 904

1968
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Parker 97
La Rioja Alta
La Rioja Alta - Gran Reserva 904 1970

Gran Reserva 904

1970
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Parker 93
La Rioja Alta
La Rioja Alta - Gran Reserva 904 1981

Gran Reserva 904

1981
(Magnum)
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La Rioja Alta
La Rioja Alta - Gran Reserva 904 1990

Gran Reserva 904

1990
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La Rioja Alta
La Rioja Alta - Gran Reserva 904 2001

Gran Reserva 904

2001
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Parker 96
La Rioja Alta
La Rioja Alta - Gran Reserva 904 2004

Gran Reserva 904

2004
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La Rioja Alta
La Rioja Alta - Gran Reserva 904 2007

Gran Reserva 904

2007
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La Rioja Alta
La Rioja Alta - Gran Reserva 904 2007

Gran Reserva 904

2007
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Parker 95
La Rioja Alta
La Rioja Alta - Gran Reserva 904 2009

Gran Reserva 904

2009
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Parker 96
La Rioja Alta
La Rioja Alta - Gran Reserva 904 2010

Gran Reserva 904

2010
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Parker 95
La Rioja Alta
La Rioja Alta - Gran Reserva 904  2011

Gran Reserva 904

2011
(Magnum)
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La Rioja Alta
La Rioja Alta - Vina Alberdi Reserva 2015

Vina Alberdi Reserva

2015
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