2015 La Rioja Alta Rioja Vina Alberdi Reserva

Year: 2015
Appellation: Rioja
Country: Spain
Wine Spectator: 88
Wine Advocate: 91
James Suckling: 93
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
Price :
$16.95
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"Tobacco, tea and spice notes accent dried cherry and forest floor flavors in this traditional red. It's light but firm, with tangy acidity and a spicy finish. Drink now through 2025. 14,500 cases imported. — TM" (WS)

"The classic Haro-styled red 2015 Viña Alberdi, sold abroad with the mention of Reserva and in Spain as Crianza, is a good introduction to the house style: balsamic reds with abundant notes of sweet spices and cigar ash, developed aromas of forest floor and a creamy twist making small concessions for a fresher and cleaner profile in the last few years but keeping the classic style. There are notes of ground tobacco and earth, and the palate is seamless and sleek, with polished tannins and a soft mouthfeel. There are 550,000 bottles of this wine, all produced from a single master blend. It was bottled in September 2018 after two years in American oak barrels.

La Rioja Alta has purchased Rioja Santiago, another of the historical names in the Barrio de la Estación from Haro. They currently have 467 hectares of vineyards that supply 100% of their grape needs to produce close to 1.5 million bottles per year. These are classical Riojas for the most-traditional American-oak-loving public. The wines from their other property in Rioja, Torre de Oña, have a more modern profile. " (WA)

"Aromas of subtle red fruit with plums, spice and cedar. Some dried flowers and dried spices, such as paprika. It’s medium-bodied with some pretty, ripe fruit in the center palate, fine tannins and a citrus and cedar undertone to the finish. Drink or hold." (JS)