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Staff Pick

La Rioja Alta, Viña Alberdi Reserva - 2011

Item # 50004 750mL
$19.99/ Single Bottle
$239.88 $215.89/ Case of 12
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Tasting Notes

The Viña Alberdi is made of 100% Tempranillo grapes. Very traditional in style, this wine has aromas of roasted coffee bean, plum, and leather on the nose, and it stays delicate on the palate.

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Staff Pick Notes

Recently, I've heard Spanish wines negatively described as "simple" or "rustic," and I find myself feeling offended. Though on the one hand I will agree that certain Spanish wines have less complexity than some off their French or Italian counterparts, my immediate reaction is to think, "What's wrong with rustic and simple?" As with food, I have found that keeping things "simple" can often produce the best products. This Rioja is as approachable as they come when it talking about full-bodied reds. Aged one year in new American wood, this wine gives off pleasing cedar notes along with a slight minerality. Its silky tannin, bold fruit, and earthy finish will leave you satisfied every time. So cheers to something "simply" delicious!

- CS

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