2010 La Rioja Alta Rioja Vina Alberdi Reserva

Year: 2010
Appellation: Rioja
Country: Spain
Wine Spectator: 89
Wine Advocate: 91
James Suckling: 95
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
Price :
$16.95

"This silky red offers dried cherry, orange peel, tea and tobacco flavors, with light, firm tannins and citrusy acidity. Focused and graceful, in the traditional style. Drink now through 2020. 41,666 cases made. –TM " (WS)

"The 2010 Viña Alberdi is a Tempranillo blend from different vineyards from what they consider an extraordinary vintage. This wine is matured in American oak barrels built by their own coopers, the first year in new barrels and the second one in third-year barrels with four manual rackings. This is the younger of their wines, with even some red berry aromas and spicy oak, quite harmonious. The palate is lively, balanced and polished, with tasty flavors and bright acidity. Delicious. 500,000 bottles produced.

La Rioja Alta is not resting on their laurels, as they are investing nine million Euros in improving their vineyards and winery, including an optical sorting table. Vintages seem to be going fast and if the last time (16 months ago) I reviewed the 2001 vintage from their top wine, they are already showing the 2004." (WA)

"Ripe and intense aromas of strawberries and blackberries with hints of black ink. Savory notes, too. Full-bodied, chewy and focused with linear fruit and character. Very finely crafted. Drink or hold." (JS)

Winery Notes:
Vintage:
The 2010 harvest offered extraordinary quality. The keys to this great year were: very favourable weather which enabled the vines stay in excellent condition throughout the growth cycle; moderate production yields; and selective picking of our best grapes. This was further enhanced by balanced ripening in terms of acidity and alcohol content, a good polyphenol load and significant varietal typicity. Those are the necessary ingredients to enjoy the wines from a vintage which was officially rated Excellent by the Rioja Control Board.

Vineyards:
100% Tempranillo from part of our Las Monjas, Bardal and Las Cuevas vineyards in Rodezno and Alto del Rey in Labastida. These estate-owned vineyards are located at an altitude of 500-600 metres above sea level, planted more than 40 years ago in chalky-clay soils..

Winemaking and Ageing:
The grapes were picked manually and gently transported to the winery in boxes and refrigerated lorries. Once in the winery, the grapes were destemmed and crushed following the bordelais model. After fermenting, the wine was aged for 2 years in American oak barrels manufactured in-house —the first year in new oak and the second in barrels averaging 3 years in age. The wine was manually racked four times by the light of a candle. It was bottled in December 2013.

Tasting:
Deep, ripe cherry red, with a clean, bright pink rim. Expansive nose, with dominating ripe red fruit, currants and liquorice, rounded off with sweet notes of vanilla, caramel, jam and spices. The wine is particularly well-balanced, with a smooth, elegant entry, medium body and sweet, tasty tannins. Ripe fruit, herbs, vanilla and caramel come together to mark a pleasant, agreeable finish.

Pairing:
Viña Alberdi is characterised by a notable food-pairing versatility. It is an ideal companion to appetisers, snacks and barbecues, perfect with rice, pastas and stews, and great with lightly-grilled meat and fish.


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