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Deep leather, white flower, subtle orange peel and sour red cherries greet the nose with hints of tobacco, ash, vanilla, dill and spicy wood making... Read more
Light and elegant on the nose. Vanilla oak topped layers of leather, medicinal, minty, chalky and teriyaki dried beef elements accent a bright core... Read more
dominted by oak and earth. Silightly sweet. Tobacco, mild green pepper. Read more
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Editorial Reviews for La Rioja Alta Rioja Vina Alberdi Reserva
Deep leather, white flower, subtle orange peel and sour red cherries greet the nose with hints of tobacco, ash, vanilla, dill and spicy wood making for a beautiful perfume. There’s a hint of early wood sweetness here, yet this is soft and elegant in the mouth. The red fruits are accented by bright acidity and lovely polished tannins. A deep wild cherry fruit element on the back end turns into red cherry candy with vanilla and spice on the finish, where hints of austere tannins remain fully covered by the rich fruit. This should improve with a bit of age and should also have very broad appeal. 90pts
Light and elegant on the nose. Vanilla oak topped layers of leather, medicinal, minty, chalky and teriyaki dried beef elements accent a bright core of wild cherry. Smooth and rich in the mouth, this is powerful yet not that large. The berry fruit, both fresh and dried, is accented by earth and spice notes. A fine bitter cherry element drives the moderately long finish. This is brilliant, layered, structured, faceted and transparent. It’s about as good as it gets. 94pts
dominted by oak and earth. Silightly sweet. Tobacco, mild green pepper.
Great Rioja. Very oaky and smooth. Can drink this the whole day.
Blue and black fruit notes on the nose along with a complex aromas of cinnamon, balsamic reduction, black cherry and lavender. Medium bodied, showing some nice age with flavors of earthy, dusty blue and black fruit with some suggestions of red berries as well. Light hints of truffle, coffee and a savory quality. Really drinking nicely! 92 pts. 7/14/12
Disappointing. Closed nose, woody when it began to open. On the palate, the fruit was severly masked by the oak and herb flavors.
Really good wine for the price.
It doesn't get much better than this in an affordable bottle of wine (€13-€14 in Madrid), but it all depends on what you're looking for. If you're chasing new oak, gobs of fruit and concentrated power, this won't be for you. This is one of the most classic, elegant wines from Spain. It's got everything: depth, distinct flavors, classy and dusty red- and black-berry fruit that's mellowed beautifully with its years in barrel and in bottle, nice balancing acidity, and an evocative nose that suggests, well, maybe the wine knows something that you don't. If you put it in a tasting with other Riojas, I suspect it would "lose" (whether against super-oaked-modern-styled Riojas or even the same producer's Viña Ardanza, also a terrific, if different, wine). Then again, if you threw it in as a ringer with some 1er cru Nuits-St-Georges from a riper year like '99, well, that would be an interesting comparison. But why bother. This is a delicious wine that doesn't strive to impress--it does have traditional American oak, and this is just how they make it, year in, year out. Once you open this, you're just going to want to keep drinking it until the bottle is empty, as will your guests, so stock up.
External Reviews for La Rioja Alta Rioja Vina Alberdi Reserva
Cherry red with a pinkish rim, high to medium robe. Intense aroma, predominant ripe red berries with balsamic scents, coffee, vanilla and coconut notes. Well-balanced on the palate with a silky mouthfeel, pleasant acidity.
Ruby-red. Cherry, vanilla, tobacco and anise on the perfumed nose. Juicy and focused on entry, then fleshier in the mid-palate, offering vibrant dark berry and bitter cherry flavors and a touch of mocha. Finishes on a tangy note, with gentle tannins and very good energy and cut. I’d give this wine a few more years to flesh out.
The 2006 Vina Aberdi Reserva was the only wine released by La Rioja Alta because of the challenging growing season. It has a sensual but simple bouquet of blueberry and cassis interlaced with vanilla. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins and an alluring, sensual chocolate and coconut-tinged finish that has “consumer friendly” written all over it. This is irresistible. Drink now–2018.
The 2005 Vina Arana Reserva has a fresh bouquet of orange blossom, quince, violets and dark cherries. The palate is succulent on the entry with vivacious maraschino cherry, red currant and blood orange. It displays a very fine build and a silky smooth texture that segues to a poised, mint-tinged, bright and animated finish. Drink now–2020.
Bright ruby. Sexy, oak-spiced red fruit and floral pastille aromas are complemented by deeper-pitched notes of espresso and licorice. Juicy, penetrating and spicy on the palate, offering vibrant raspberry and bitter cherry flavors and a building vanilla nuance. Supple tannins give shape to the finish, which features lively red fruit and spicecake flavors. This suave wine is delicious now but balanced to age.
Konzentriertes Rubinrot. Komplexe Nase mit reifen Früchten, Vanille und einer zarten Note von Toast. Dichte, feine Tannine, lang anhaltender Abgang. Trinktemperatur 18°C.
Made from Tempranillo and Graciano, this is La Rioja Alta's luxury cuvée. This bottling was created to commemorate the company's acquisition of the Viña Ardanza estate. Pristine notes of rose petal, red cherry, and earth.
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