This producer is known for the best old school Rioja and their entry-level applies all the quality and aging – two full years in American oak, with more in bottle – to become so fine and approachable. The 100% Tempranillo is from a proper estate-owned vineyard (rare in Rioja). Vines of 40+ years of age on chalky clay add brightness and aromatic clarity to this red-fruited and elegant, super-value Reserva.
Reviews for previous vintages below…
90/100 Luis Gutierrez, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2014 Vintage)
"The first wine in their portfolio is already at Reserva level (labeled Crianza in Spain…), of which I tasted the 2014 Viña Alberdi. 2014 was a challenging harvest with lots of rains, and they had to sort and select the grapes. The wine has plenty of balsamic and smoky notes, incense and cigar ash, smoke and spice. The palate is quite marked by the élevage of two years in barrel and reveals a medium-bodied wine with a bitter twist on the finish, and the balsamic notes that you find on the nose make a comeback in the finish. This seems to be a lighter vintage of Viña Alberdi."
90/100 Tina Gellie, Decanter (2012 Vintage)
"A beautiful Rioja Reserva from an impeccable producer whose history dates from 1890. It shows maturing, leathery strawberry fruit, deep mocha tones and sweet vanilla oak spice from 24 months in American oak, 50% new. Supple, savoury and meaty, this will develop further."