Gran Reserva 890-2005, sold out for the holidays
La Rioja Alta, S.A. will not be selling its iconic Gran Reserva 890-2005 'Selección Especial' this festive season. The Haro winery has exhausted the limited inventory of its most exclusive wine assigned for 2018 and has announced that it will not sell next year’s stocks in advance.
In the words of President Guillermo de Aranzabal, "it is a very exclusive wine that we can only make two or three harvests every decade and, after the 2005, currently on the market, the next available vintage will be 2010." Aranzabal added that "for this reason we must be very strict and cautious with the distribution of the average 15,000 bottles we have available of each vintage to market worldwide." The President of the century-old house understands "the disappointment of customers, distributors and importers across the world but our long-term vision, an undoubted commitment to quality and a deep respect for our brands are business values that have accompanied us since 1890, which we will evidently continue to respect."
Guillermo de Aranzabal indicated that "this is a difficult step, which we also had to take in 2016, when we decided, just before the festive season as well, not to serve any more of our Gran Reserva and, for winemaking reasons, not to advance the sales of the next vintage, despite tremendous global demand, particularly at this time of year." Aranzabal pointed out that "we are talking about wines with long aging periods, between 10 and 15 years, and the quality of the grapes necessary to make them is very difficult to get. Quantity is therefore always more limited than we would like."