2015 La Rioja Alta Reserva Vina Alberdi

92 Points Antonio Galloni's Vinous
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What value! A Reserva Rioja from a top house in an 'excellent' year! This producer is known for the best old school Rioja and their entry-level applies all the quality and aging – two full years in American oak, with more in bottle – to become so fine and approachable. The 100% Tempranillo is from a proper estate-owned vineyard (rare in Rioja). Vines of 40+ years of age on chalky clay add brightness and aromatic clarity to this red-fruited and elegant, super-value Reserva.
$36.99 in mixed 6+ or $41.99 per bottle


100% Tempranillo

Its Origins

La Rioja Alta’s history starts along with Rioja’s own early-modern period, when Bordeaux was ravaged by phylloxera and Spain's complex and structured reds jumped into the international market vacuum. It was a group of Basque and Riojan families who in 1890 created the Sociedad Vinícola de La Rioja Alta, which merged with the later-established La Rioja Alta winery in Haro - the heartland of many top Rioja houses, such as Cune and Muga. By remaining faithful to tradition while at the forefront of market practice and technology, La Rioja Alta has not only sustained a pre-eminent Rioja identity but like many of the best companies in Spain has more recently diversified - beyond their acquisition Torre de Ona in Rioja Alavesa - into other promising regions of Spain. In the late 1980s it was decided to abandon the production of white wines at La Rioja Alta, so the Lagar de Cervera winery was established in Galicia, to present mainly Albarino from this cooler Atlantic climate. In 1990 the winery Aster was established in Ribera Del Duero, working mainly with the Tempranillo grape in that hotter, more exclusively Mediterranean climate than Rioja. Today the winery of La Rioja Alta itself is noted for its balance of technology and quality-focus with high productivity, though in stylistic terms they identify themselves as traditional Rioja producers - still seeking structure, complexity and age-worthiness over the easier virtues of plush fruit and drink-young appeal.

What The Critics Say

92/100 Vinous, Josh Raynolds

"Glistening ruby-red. Lively, smoke- and spice-accented cherry and red berry aromas are complemented by floral and tobacco flourishes. Seamless and focused on the palate, offering juicy black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors that become sweeter with air. Shows very good energy and repeating floral character on a long, focused finish framed by well-integrated tannins." Drink 2022 - 2030

91/100 Parker's Wine Advocate, Luis Gutierrez

“The classic Haro-styled red 2015 Viña Alberdi, sold abroad with the mention of Reserva and in Spain as Crianza, is a good introduction to the house style: balsamic reds with abundant notes of sweet spices and cigar ash, developed aromas of forest floor and a creamy twist making small concessions for a fresher and cleaner profile in the last few years but keeping the classic style. There are notes of ground tobacco and earth, and the palate is seamless and sleek, with polished tannins and a soft mouthfeel. There are 550,000 bottles of this wine, all produced from a single master blend. It was bottled in September 2018 after two years in American oak barrels.” Drink 2020 -2027

Variety Tempranillo
Region Rioja
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 14.50%
Maturity 2020 - 2024

This Wine Goes Well With

with GAME
with LAMB



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