La Rioja Alta Vina Alberdi Reserva Tinto 2003

Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain

Price: $19.79
Item No. 102546
  • RP90
  • ST90
Style: Smooth & Supple

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Ratings Pedigree:

Winemaker's Notes

This wine, a cherry-colored garnet with somewhat brick-red rim, presents rich, spicy aromas, with hints of cedar, cocoa, and fresh fruit. In the mouth it is exceptionally smooth. A well-rounded and light wine, dressed in elegance.

Critical Acclaim

"The 2003 Vina Alberdi from the famed La Rioja Alta contains some declassified fruit. The wine is a classically-styled Rioja with a nose of earth, mushroom, mineral, cherry, and blackberry. This is followed by an elegant wine with a silky texture, good depth and concentration, considerable complexity, and a seamless finish. It is at its peak now and will continue to drink well for another five years. It personifies finesse. "
90 Points

"Deep red. Powerful aromas of dried cherry, singed plum, vanillin oak and rose oil, plus a smoky undertone. Rich, supple and sweet, offering deep, oak-spiced cherry and dark berry flavors accented by licorice and candied flowers. Chewy tannins add definition and grip to the sweet finishing flavors. This is ready to drink with a braised lamb dish this winter."
90 Points

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Rating:
(5/28/2011)
Style: Earthy & Spicy
Outside of my preferance for smooth and supple, this was decidedly earthy, but very unique.
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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...

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Learn About Rioja

(ree-OH-hah) This highly regarded area of Spain makes some of the best Tempranillo-based wines in the world. Once the only DOCa (recently joined by Priorat in 2001), Rioja is divided into 3 sub-regions: Rioja Baja, Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa. There are 4 red varieties and 3 white varieties allowed in the Rioja DOC. Tempranillo definitely takes center stage, followed by Garnacha...

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Learn About Tempranillo

Tempranillo(temp-ruh-NEE-oh) Grape that Reigns in Spain Most often associated with Spain, Tempranillo is the backbone of wines made in the well-known Spanish regions Rioja and Ribera del Duero. On the scale of light to heavy, Tempranillo lands towards the light side. It tends to be higher in acid and lower in alcohol - common for Old World ...

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