La Rioja Alta VINA ABERDI LA RIOJA ALTA 750ml 2014
Dried red cherries, paprika, coconut, dried strawberries and earth. Medium body, steely and subtle tannins and a red plum-soaked, medium-chewy finish. Drink in 2021.
Alberdi is sometimes overlooked at Rioja Alta, being the cheapest wine in the range, but it's like a scaled down version of the top reds, with similar elegance and American oak sweetness. Showing the freshness and vibrancy of a cooler year, this is floral and appealing with coconut and wild strawberry flavors and tangy acidity. 2020-24
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. 500,000 bottles produced. it was bottled in June 2017.