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Date Printed: 7/30/2014
La Rioja Alta Vina Alberdi Reserva Tinto 1998
La Rioja Alta Vina Alberdi Reserva Tinto 1998
(search item no. 55508)
International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 7/30/2014: $16.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A brilliant, clean cherry red colour, more opaque than recent vintages. The initial aroma of ripe fruit develops, on contact with the air, and becomes more complex showing the personality of the grapes in the blend with spicy hints from the oak ageing. The flavour is warm, round and again complex with touches of liquorice. It is typically ViƱa Arana but an Arana of an exceptional vintage. We see this wine continuing to mature wonderfully for many years to come.
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About La Rioja Alta:

On the 10th of July 1890, five families shared their passion for wine and founded La Rioja Alta, S.A. That day was the start of an ongoing searching for excellence that their descendants still pursue nowadays. Since then we have managed to get the best from the marriage of our tradition in wine ageing and the state-of-the-art technology in grape fermentation. Nowadays we are an international reference of great Rioja wines. Our wines are the result of an exhaustive selection of our most exclusive grapes and a slow ageing process that provides them with elegance, complexity and sophistication. They are patiently settle in more than 30,000 American oak casks fashioned by our own coopers. We take great responsibility in making our wines using our own grapes. Wines with personality and wines with soul.