LA RIOJA ALTA Rioja Reserva, Vina Alberdi 2018 Bottle
Red Still Wine | Spain | Rioja | 75cl
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Closure Type: Cork
Wine Style: Full Bodied
Grapes: Mazuelo, Tempranillo
2018 Vintage - 100% Tempranillo from their Mayorita, El Bardal and El Rebollar vineyards in Rodezno, and Alto del Rey in Labastida. These sites lie at 500-600 metres above sea level and the vines were planted on claylimestone soils more than 40 years ago. The grapes were picked by hand, placed in 300 kg boxes and transported in refrigerated platforms to the winery to preserve their qualities. After destemming and crushing, the grapes were placed in tanks where alcoholic and malolactic fermentation took place naturally. This wine was aged for two years in American oak barrels made by their in-house coopers —new ones in the first year and four-year-old barrels in the second year. They carried out four rackings in the traditional way, from barrel to barrel, separating the sediment that was produced during the
ageing process by candlelight. Bottled in March 2021.
TASTING: Bright, deep ruby colour with dark cherry hues on the rim of the glass. It stands out for its intensity, with red fruit aromas (strawberries, raspberries, redcurrant and cherry) leading to elegant notes of vanilla, toffee, coffee cream, cinnamon, brioche and hazelnuts. The balance between acidity and alcohol stands out on the palate, with soft, sweet, rounded tannins and a pleasant final sensation.
PAIRING: This wine stands out for its food-pairing versatility. It is the ideal companion to appetizers, snacks and barbecues, perfect with rice, pasta and creams, and great with lightly-grilled meat and fish.