Deep rusty colored thick legged red with sun-ripened blackberry, tart cherry, cocoa powder, summer herbs, and hints of pie spices on the nose. Ripe blueberries, blackberry pie, bittersweet chocolate, and kirsch with hints of mushroom powder, cloves, and bacon fat on a lingering finish. Very nice, great value — 14 days ago
Animally, meaty, dark, smokey and brooding - on the nose at least. Opened up after an hour’s decant and was far more rounded on the second night. Has that classic piercing Syrah quality that seems to swamp one’s airways - and plenty of barnyard funk for some time after opening.
On the palate it’s quite mellow, enveloping, beautifully rounded, medium bodied, with just enough acidity and tannin to give it life. I’d love to have tried this five years ago when I feel like it would have had the power to better impersonate a Hermitage. But, no doubt, it’s superb now.
Interestingly (to me!) I actually found this quite hard to distinguish between a decent Rioja. It is very similar in many ways to La Rioja Alta’s Viña Ardanza. Both in the fruit and the presence / quality of oak. The only difference lying perhaps in richness and depth of fruit.
Overall, a beauty of a wine - one of the appellation’s finest. — 5 months ago
Viril and enchanting; a wine that conjures all sorts of stereotypes of Spain, the jamon, the flamenco, catholic processions, Hemingway, wineskins, and bull fights. While the Ardanza possesses more focus and freshness, this Alberdi is more evolved and flamboyant. Incense, cigar box, cola, hung game and blood, black cherry, and salubrious acidity and tannins. — 5 years ago
Delectable is fickle at times. Writing a review and somehow doesn’t store and save it. So second attempt a day later. Vibrant pie cherry notes up front, integrated oak tannins with strong vanilla notes (American oak?!) gave it good balance and a lingering finish. Limited depth. — a month ago
'81-2005 La Rioja Alta Arana, Ardanza, 904, 890 — 5 years ago
Lots of big cherry and red fruit on nose. A little “hot” for 13.5% alcohol wine and thought was heavy oak and it felt closed off at first but opened up nicely after 1 hour. Look forward to drinking it again tomorrow to see how it develops. Well made. — 4 days ago
Ear to ear. Smile. Shout. This richness and suavete fares well among its peers: vina ardanza, maysara, gros nore and meiomi. Thanks of a lifetime to all those obsessive wine-makers. — 6 years ago