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2008 La Rioja Alta Vina Alberdi, Rioja, Spain Thumbnail red wine sweet_0 intense_3 body_4 wood_3 farm_u
2008 La Rioja Alta, Vina Alberdi, Reserva
Rioja, Spain

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La Rioja Alta is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year which is pretty amazing when you think about it! They were one of the early producers to found a winery in the town of Haro in Rioja and have endured and thrived over the years. Today they are part of a small group of old line Rioja wineries highly respected for the traditional winemaking methods they follow in their state of the art facilities. And like a few others, they cooper their own oak barrels using American oak they import from the States. Their wines are made to age. They also make equally great wine intended to be consumed more in their youth. A wine from the 2008 vintage in California wouldn't be considered youthful but in Rioja this Reserva would classify as a fairly young wine. It is 100% Tempranillo that was aged for two years in American oak; the first year was all in new oak barrels and the second year was in three year old barrels. That sweet American oak definitely shows on the nose and on the palate but it integrates well in both places with the dark black fruit, leather and spice box notes. This wine is full bodied, rich, supple and delicious with smooth tannins and a long finish. It is ready to go now and doesn't really need any food, though a nice juicy steak certainly wouldn't hurt. Quite an amazing bottle of wine for under $20 given its considerable pedigree.

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