La Rioja Alta Vina Alberdi Reserva - $23.49

Wine Details

Price: $23.49
Producer: La Rioja Alta
Region: Spain
Varietal: Tempranillo
Container Size: 750 ML
Flavors: bitter, coconut, dried cherry, mocha, rhubarb
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Expert Ratings

Ratings   Vintage Source Flavors
Tanzer - 88 Details: ($20) Medium red. Coconut, mocha, dried cherry and fresh gardenia on the nose. Tangy and brisk, with a bright, nervy character and good focus to the dried cherry flavor. This silky, tasty midweight finishes with a crisp, pleasingly bitter note of rhubarb. 2000 Tanzer bitter, coconut, dried cherry, mocha, rhubarb
WineAndSpirits - 87 Details: There's a good wine hidden behind a lot of oak, which pushes its floral scents toward grilled flowers, blackens its flavors and cuts them off in the end. This may improve with time in the bottle, or in the company of a steak. 2000 WineAndSpirits
WineSpectator - 84 Details: This supple red frames a core of crisp cherry and berry flavors with notes of minerals, tobacco and leather. Drink now.  –TM 1999 WineSpectator
Tanzer - 88 Details: ($22) Medium amber-red. Cherry, strawberry, spicy oak and a note of apple on the nose. Suave, silky and moderately concentrated, with a flavor of cinnamon spice. Appealing wine with easygoing fruit. Finishes with sweet tannins and good length. 1999 Tanzer berry, cherry, leather, minerals, tobacco
Tanzer - 88 Details: ($22) Medium red with an orange rim. Strawberry, briary cherry, mocha, tobacco and earth on the nose. Juicy, spicy and penetrating but supple; an ultimately gently styled, suave, food-friendly Rioja with a lively yet velvety back half. Finishes with fine tannins and good persistence. 1998 Tanzer cherry, earth, mocha, spicy, strawberry, tobacco
WineEnthusiast - 88 Details: Rather thin and transparent to the eye, but that lightness doesn’t translate into it being a thin, nothing wine. Just the opposite; it’s loaded with leather, cranberry and tea aromas and brisk cherry and cranberry flavors. Some chocolate on the finish adds heft to this old-school wine that really seems to have been made to go with food. 1998 WineEnthusiast cherry, chocolate, cranberry, leather, tea
1997 WineSpectator
Tanzer - 85? Details: ($18) Moderately saturated medium red. Plum, smoky oak and camphor on the nose, along with a hint of old barrel. Offers decent density but seems a bit dry in the middle palate, with streaky acidity. Some off wood notes. 1997 Tanzer earth, mushroom
Tanzer - 86 Details: Medium dull red. Soft aromas of plum, cinnamon and cedar. Lush and plummy, with fat fruit and soft tannins, but vinous and fairly fresh. 1996 Tanzer cedar, cinnamon, plum, plummy
WineSpectator - 83 Details: This ripe red offers jammy cherry, coffee and earth flavors, with more intensity than definition. Good with hearty dishes. Drink now through 2004.  –TM 1995 WineSpectator cherry, coffee, earth, jammy
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Food Pairings

Category Pairing
Cheese Sharp Cheddar, Goat Cheese, Soft Pungent Cheese
Red Meat Beef Stew, Ham, Barbeque Pulled-Pork or Ribs, Grilled Pork Tenderloin, Wild Game - Elk, Caribou, Moose, Venison, Spicy Sausage
Poultry & Eggs Coq Au Vin, Roast Chicken with Herbs, Roast Turkey
Vegetables Artichokes, White Aspargus with Mustard Vinagrette, Beans, Green, Beans, White, Carrots
Fruits & Nuts Dates, Figs & Raisins
Vegetables Mushrooms
Fruits & Nuts Almonds, Hazelnuts
Vegetables Roasted Sweet Peppers, Potatoes, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Swiss chard or Kale, Tomato, Gazpacho, Vegetable Gratin or Stew
Herbs & Spices Cilantro, Coriander, Cinnamon, Cumin, Saffron
Cheese Aged Cheddar

Wine Terms

Name Value
Spain This mountainous country possesses more vineyard land than any other country on earth, and ranks third in wine production after France and Italy. Spain is best known for its red Riojas and its Sherries, however other wines and regions are quickly gaining notoriety. Like France, Spain divides wine into categories; table wine at the bottom level and quality wine at the top, with a large emphasis on geographical origin. VdM (Vino de Mesa) is a basic table wine. VC (Vino Comarcal) wines are a level up. VdlT (Vino de la Tierra) refers to one of the country’s 25 distinct regions, and each wine possesses a local character. At the top level, only about fifty wines are considered DO (Denominacion de Origen). These wines come from the best-known regions and are the equivalent of France’s Appellation Contrôlée. DOC (Denominacion de Origen Calificada) is reserved for wines that adhere to the most stringent regulations. So far, Rioja is the only wine to gain the Calificada classification.
Tempranillo This Spanish grape gives wines deep color, low acidity and only moderate alcohol content. In recent years the Ribera del Duero region has been producing wonderful wines featuring this grape; in older, more traditional regions such as Rioja, the grape is blended with others.

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