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La Rioja Alta Vina Alberdi Reserva DOCa 2012 (Rioja, Spain) - [JS 92] [RP 90+]
La Rioja Alta Vina Alberdi Reserva DOCa 2011 (Rioja, Spain) - [JS 94]


 
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Winery: La Rioja Alta
Varietal: Tempranillo
Region: Rioja, Spain
Vintage: 2012
Bottle Size: 750 ml

Product Code: LARIOJAALTAALBERDIRESERVA12-W

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Notes from the Winemaker:
Vintage
The superb condition of the grapes was remarkable in view of the unevenness caused by drought in the region that year. Fortunately, the rains at the end of September had a very positive effect on the evolution of the vineyards, providing notable balance in berry ripening. The grapes entered the winery in magnificent conditionand excellent balance of alcohol content and polyphenols. We were therefore able to produce wines of great quality, with good structure, outstanding aromatic typicity and an optimal balance.

Vineyards
100% Tempranillo from part of our Las Monjas, El Palo and Las Cuevas vineyards in Rodezno and Alto del Rey in Labastida.

Winemaking and ageing
We started the manual harvest of the plots selected for this new Viña Alberdi in late September. After carefully putting the grapes in boxes, we took them to the winery in refrigerated transport for destemming and light crushing. Alcoholic and malolactic fermentation took place naturally in tanks and the resulting wines were prepared for a new blend in January 2013. The wine was aged for two years in American oak barrels manufactured in-house; the first year in new oak and the second in barrels averaging three years in age. The wine was manually racked four times by the light of a candle. It was bottled in December 2015.

Tasting
Lively, medium depth garnet red withan intense pink rim. The nose stands out for the intensity of fresh aromas of ripe red fruit, wild strawberries, currants and raspberries, against a balsamic background with notes of vanilla, toasted caramel, bakery, coffee and sweet mints. Warm aromatic entry, with good structure and balance and soft, amiable tannins. The aromatic harmony persists on the finish, with marked freshness and balance. Long in the mouth, it offers a magnificent expression of classic ageing.

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. age. The wine was manually racked four times by the light of a candle. It was bottled in December 2014.


Ratings & Reviews:
92 Points - James Suckling:
"This is a very classic Rioja with dried fruit and hints of vanilla. Lots of plums and red fruit. Full-bodied, round and juicy. Exotic and beautiful. Very pretty 2012. Drink now." - (August 2, 2018)

90+ Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"Cropped from an extremely dry year, the 2012 Viña Alberdi was saved by some rains in late September. The aging lasted two years, the first one in new American oak barrels and the second in used ones. It felt livelier than the 2011. This 2012 has some aromas of raw meat, with marked toast from the American oak (all the American oak barrels are built by their own coopers), with a good combination of fruit and spice, tradition and modernity. It's approachable and easy to drink, but a little more time in bottle should polish it even further. 500,000 bottles produced." - Luis Gutierrez (Feb 28, 2018)


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