La Rioja Alta, Viña Alberdi Reserva
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La Rioja Alta, Viña Alberdi Reserva - 2018

Item # 50004 750mL

100% Tempranillo from our Mayorita, Rebollar and Bardal vineyards, as well as selected plots in El Palo, Rodezno, Alto del Rey and Labastida. These vineyards are located at an altitude of 1600-2000 feet above sea level and are planted in chalky-clay soils more than 40 years ago.

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With vineyards reaching 2000 feet above sea level, this Rioja reaches an aromatic & flavor spectrum that is astounding at this price point. La Rioja Alta was formed in 1890 by 5 friends and fellow wine growers in Rioja, with a goal of creating a modern style of Spanish wine at a time when France was being decimated by phylloxera. As tradition would dictate, American oak casks made by La Rioja Alta’s in-house coopers are exclusively used to develop a layered palate that is both incredibly smooth and flavorful. Notes of vanilla, caramel, cinnamon, & nutmeg develop through the years in these casks, while vibrant fruit notes of wild raspberries and red currants welcome your every sip. There is also a distinctive balsamic finish that is delightful with grilled meats. In terms of complexity, deliciousness, and value, this wine has it all!

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Glossary

Spain

Central to the Spanish winemaking philosophy is the belief that wine should be released only when it is ready to be consumed, and not a moment before. Spanish wine law focuses squarely on this issue: the terms Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva are highly regulated indicators of the amount of time a wine has aged prior to its release. In Rioja, Navarra, and the Ribera del Duero (which have the most stringent requirements) red Crianzas must be aged a minimum of two years; Reservas, at least three...

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Tempranillo

A.k.a. Cencibel. Just about synonymous with Spanish wine, the red Tempranillo grape has now fully won over the hearts and minds of critics and amateur oenophiles all over the world. The best bottles are powerful and ageworthy, and are beginning to fetch prices you'd never have expected from Spanish wines just a few years ago. Tempranillo is often used in blends with Bordeaux grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, and has lately been grown with considerable success outside of Spain, in...

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Rioja

The origin of Spanish winemaking, Rioja has been the benchmark for Spanish wines in the international market for over two hundred years, and remains so to this day. Tempranillo is the star of the red wines here, though its expression can vary wildly from producer to producer. Traditionally-styled Riojas tend to be subtle and soft, and often have high levels of acidity to ensure their survival through the lengthy ageing process. The more modern producers are making powerful, dark,...

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