Viña Alberdi Reserva, La Rioja Alta, Rioja
- A strong, elegant aroma with cinammon and coconut from careful cask ageing.
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- La Rioja Alta
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- La Rioja Alta continues to be one of the benchmarks for traditionally produced Rioja wine. Established in 1890 at the same spot where their head office sits today,their three Reserva wine brands, Alberdi, Arana and Ardanza are named after the founding families, all three of which remain shareholders. The company still maintains traditional Rioja winemaking practices whilst embracing many of the new technological advances.
It is unusual for a great bodega of Rioja to own vineyards, but La Rioja Alta own 360ha from which they can source top-quality grapes, resulting in excellent fruit and richness throughout their wines. Tempranillo dominates the plantings, complemented with a small proportion of Garnacha and Graciano vines.
The company is renowned for the quality of its Reservas and in particular for its Gran Reservas, the 904 and the 890. The latter are produced only in exceptional years, are amongst the finest wines being produced in Rioja today.
La Rioja Alta use organic fertilisers on their land, and have projects in place to reduce vineyard treatments as much as possible.
Colour of bright cherry red with touches of iodine at the rim of the glass. A strong, elegant aroma with hints of the grape variety married with cinnamon and coconut from careful cask ageing. In the mouth the wine is smooth and well balanced with a delicate touch of acidity so typical of the brand and the sub area. The finish is long with a persistence reminiscent of its maturation in oak.
- ROBERT PARKER - 90 POINTS - The portfolio begins with the 2001 Reserva Vina Alberdi. Medium crimson-coloured, it has a fragrant perfume of cedar, tobacco, spice box, and red fruits. This is followed by an elegant wine with ample sweet fruit, excellent balance, and a pure finish. It will evolve for another 2-3 years and drink well through 2015.
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Viña Alberdi is extraordinarily versatile for food pairing. It ideally complements snacks and appetizers, as well as rice dishes, pasta and casserole recipes. It also pairs well with barbecues and delicate grilled meat and fish.
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