2011 La Rioja Alta Rioja Vina Alberdi Reserva

Year: 2011
Appellation: Rioja
Country: Spain
Wine Advocate: 90
James Suckling: 94
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
Price :
$16.95

"The entry-level 2011 Viña Alberdi is a blend of Tempranillo from different vineyards with a classical fermentation. The grapes are destemmed and crushed in stainless steel followed by malolactic and aging in new and used American oak barrels for two years. There are some toasted aromas of sesame and sunflower seeds, somehow yeasty, with a bit of a reductive profile that I like very much. They have introduced some changes in the vinification, and since 2010 the grapes have been sourced 100% from their own vineyards. With time, more balsamic notes appear. The palate is medium-bodied with tasty flavors, dusty tannins and moderate acidity. 500,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in December 2014." (WA)

"A classic and tightly knit Rioja with dried berry, spice and cedar character on the nose and palate. Medium body, very fine tannins and a flavorful finish. Acidity carries the wine and then the tannins. Gorgeous. Drink now." (JS)