La Rioja Alta Vina Alberdi Reserva 2011 (750ml)

La Rioja Alta Vina Alberdi Reserva 2014 (750ml)

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The first wine in their portfolio is already at Reserva level (labeled Crianza in Spain...), of which I tasted the 2014 Viña Alberdi. 2014 was a challenging harvest with lots of rains, and they had to sort and select the grapes. The wine has plenty of balsamic and smoky notes, incense and cigar ash, smoke and spice. The palate is quite marked by the élevage of two years in barrel and reveals a medium-bodied wine with a bitter twist on the finish, and the balsamic notes that you find on the nose make a comeback in the finish. This seems to be a lighter vintage of Viña Alberdi. 500,000 bottles produced. it was bottled in June 2017. Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate

Region: Rioja, Spain

Grape Varietal: 100% Tempranillo

Critic Rating: Wine Advocate 90 Points

Suggested Drink Window: 2019 - 2024