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.
"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.
The Wine Advocate
"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."
International Wine Cellar