2006 La Rioja Alta, Vina Alberdi Reserva, Rioja

Press and Tasting Notes

Vina Alberdi is not released until it is at least 4 to 5 years old. The wine is almost 100% Tempranillo, the balance being Graciano and Viura. One is first struck by the appearance of the Alberdi, a cherry-colored garnet with a somewhat brick-red rim; the aromas are rich and spicy, with hints of cedar, cocoa, and fresh fruit. In the mouth it is ... Read More »

A Merchant's Pick


Featured February 02, 2009

THE REVIEW

Fads comes and go, but tradition never fades. That phrase has never been more true and is embodied in La Rioja Alta, Vina Alberdi.
    Owned by the same family since the 1800's, La Rioja Alta is to Spain what Chateau Lafite is to Bordeaux - a standard for a region and a pioneer for an entire industry. And lucky for us, the 2002 La Rioja Alta Viña Alberdi happens to be one of their best efforts yet.
    This is not a jammy or extracted wine like so many reds that are being produced these days. It is an Old World style wine - think aged Brunello. In fact, La Rioja Alta holds their wines for several years to ensure that the wine is integrated and balanced. In addition to the 2002 Vina Alberdi, their current release also includes a 1994 Gran Reserva - a testament to their commitment to tradition.
    The 2002 Vina Alberdi is cherry-colored garnet with a somewhat brick-red rim. Good aromatic intensity, fresh with fruity hints of raspberry and wild strawberry evolving to an elegant balsamic bouquet reminiscent of mint chocolate, cinnamon and coconut shell. Well structured and balanced to the palate, with silky smooth tannins and a vibrant, joyful acidity.
    This wine is perfect with cured meats, cheese, appetizers, game, grilled or roast meats. Read More »

Region

RIOJA

The most popular Spanish wine growing region is Rioja.  There, like Ribera del Duero, the Tempranillo grape rules.  In Rioja, a classification system is used that essentially defines the wines by how much oak and bottle age the wine sees ... Read More »

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