A fantastic little bottle from one of Rioja's great addresses, La Rioja Alta, is a great source for traditionally inspired wines from this excellent Spanish region. We've offered some of the best wines that La Rioja has made over the years, and throughout the entire range, the wines here are very impressive. Vina Alberdi is La Riojas answer to the value market and is a wine that is made to be approached a bit earlier than some of the other creations with an emphasis on purity and transparency of fruit and terroir. Made from 100% tempranillo that is sourced from Mayorita, Rebollar, and Bardal vineyards, as well as selected plots in El Palo, Rodezno and Alto del Rey, and Labastida. These vineyards were planted 40 years ago between 1,600 and 2,000 feet of elevation and collectively share the same chalky-clay soils. Grapes are hand-harvested and transported under refrigeration to the winery. They are destemmed and crushed before transferring to a tank, where they undergo a temperature-controlled fermentation before moving to American oak barrels made in-house to age for two years. 2015 is the most fantastic vintage of this wine so far, and in these smaller bottles, such a perfect match when you want a few glasses of something great and is a rare find in this format. A beautiful note below this is one to stock up on!
John Gilman 93 points! "The 2015 Viña Alberdi Reserva from La Rioja Alta is just a stunning wine and a superb value, as seems to always be the case! The wine is composed entirely of Tempranillo and offers up a beautifully pure and classic bouquet of red and black cherries, raspberries, cinnamon, cloves, lavender, salty soil tones, Cuban cigar wrapper and toasted coconut American oak. On the palate the wine is pure, full and very elegant in profile, with a velvety attack, a sappy core, great backend soil definition, tangy acids, a bit of buried tannin, great grip and a very long, poised and complex finish. This is such a classic, old school Rioja bottling from La Rioja Alta that never seems to get the respect it deserves!"