1985 was a near-perfect vintage, with a warm summer and a perfect ripening season. The premium 904 cuvée is afforded 4 months in 100 year old oak vats and 5 years in American oak barrels with 10 hand rackings. Made up of 85% Tempranillo, with 15% divided between Graciano and Mazuelo, the wine has a tawny lustre and a generous lifted nose of wild strawberries, vanillin, woodsmoke and spice. The palate is soft and finely textured with silky mature tannins. From the best vintage since the mythical 1970, this is the essence of traditional Rioja.La Rioja Alta
This winery's top of the line offerings are the Gran Reservas. The 1985 Gran Reserva 904 exhibits a medium deep ruby color with considerable garnet and rust at the edge. The aromatics are extremely intense and compelling, offering up scents of plum-like fruit intermixed with smoke, minerals, tobacco, cherries, earth, and licorice. There is a sweet, rich impression on the palate, without any sense of heaviness or austere tannin. The wine is fresh and lively, but possesses the mature, sweet, smoky, Graves-like style of a top Rioja. Medium-bodied, beautifully concentrated and layered, as well as fully mature, it should keep for another decade. This is an exceptional example of an old school Spanish Rioja that was aged in different-sized oak vessels, and not released until it had reached full maturity. If readers think the price is high, consider the fact that this bodegas has aged the wine for the consumer, rather than asking you to buy it as a "future" in 1982 and hold it for 15 years before drinking it.
Robert M. Parker, Jr. - Wine Advocate - Issue#113 Oct 1997