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

Item # 50004 750mL
$22.99/ Single Bottle
$275.88 $248.29/ Case of 12
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Tasting Notes

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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Staff Pick Notes

20 bucks? Seriously??

Say you came in today committed to spending $16 or less on a bottle of Rioja, here’s one of those rare instances where I’d lobby hard for you to shell out those extra couple of bucks. La Rioja Alta was my Rio-aha moment. Viña Alberdi Reserva is a wine of immense sophistication and seamless integration, masterfully crafted by one of the old guards of Rioja, on whom the aphorism “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” might well have been based.

- JAM

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