La Rioja Alta

Viña Alberdi Reserva Rioja Tempranillo

9.1913 ratings
9.081 pro ratings
La Rioja, Spain
Tempranillo
Lamb, Tomato-Based, Polenta, Hard Cheese, Pork, Beef, Pasta, Mushrooms, Soft Cheese, Chicken, Venison, Exotic Spices, Potato, Turkey, Beans & Peas, Herbs, Baking Spices, Pungent Cheese, Duck, Salami & Prosciutto, White Rice, Chili & Hot Spicy, Lasagna, Pizza, Barbecue, Mexican Cuisine, Onion, Shallot, Garlic
Top Notes For
Saman Hosseini

Writer Maison Abattoir

8.9

The trifecta of vanillin, brett, and VA.
More firepower and depth than usual from the Viña Alberdi.

The trifecta of vanillin, brett, and VA.
More firepower and depth than usual from the Viña Alberdi.

Feb 17th, 2018
Stephen Bonner

Complexly flavoured with cola, lavender, cherry, spice, coffee, and vanilla. Old school style with a lush mouthfeel and good acidity.

Complexly flavoured with cola, lavender, cherry, spice, coffee, and vanilla. Old school style with a lush mouthfeel and good acidity.

6 people found it helpfulApr 15th, 2014
Joe Pea

This the third time I've had this in the last year and it shows beautifully right out of the gate. The wood and fruit are so interestingly and well melded at this point. Oak moves to cedar on the palate. Definite alcohol lift in the nose still and you can feel it the nostrils but not obtrusive...indeed it's actually a promising hint of what's to come on the palate. Dried cherry and stone fruit tastes on right away. Slightly mentholated. Definitely picking up distinct vanilla undertones on the nose and palate but not over the top. Satisfying medium tannins. Soft mouth feel but with really good/balanced structure. Perfect finish in line with what preceded it. Just a great fucking wine. And for the price? Getcha some! Can't believe this is still just around and available (not telling where!). Not for those who don't want wood in their wine but even here what you think will finish moderately chalky moves to soft-ish tannins at the perfect time. So many riojas are over top in the wood category or just so out of balance one way or the other. Everyone has heard of Rioja but have you really had a good one? Here's your chance without breaking the bank. I'd put this one up against the best or at least those considered the best. Maybe lacking a LITTLE finesse to be world class but damn close (can you use the word finesse with Rioja??). Drank in gulps with parmesan dusted NY style mushroom meatball mozzarella pizza from Peppino's in Athens, GA while watching Parenthood with my 17 YO daughter (who also pronounced the wine delicious). What a Tuesday night...thank you sir may I have another. Anyone really disappointed with this wine has WAY more money than me and is a spoiled brat. Geek out.

This the third time I've had this in the last year and it shows beautifully right out of the gate. The wood and fruit are so interestingly and well melded at this point. Oak moves to cedar on the palate. Definite alcohol lift in the nose still and you can feel it the nostrils but not obtrusive...indeed it's actually a promising hint of what's to come on the palate. Dried cherry and stone fruit tastes on right away. Slightly mentholated. Definitely picking up distinct vanilla undertones on the nose and palate but not over the top. Satisfying medium tannins. Soft mouth feel but with really good/balanced structure. Perfect finish in line with what preceded it. Just a great fucking wine. And for the price? Getcha some! Can't believe this is still just around and available (not telling where!). Not for those who don't want wood in their wine but even here what you think will finish moderately chalky moves to soft-ish tannins at the perfect time. So many riojas are over top in the wood category or just so out of balance one way or the other. Everyone has heard of Rioja but have you really had a good one? Here's your chance without breaking the bank. I'd put this one up against the best or at least those considered the best. Maybe lacking a LITTLE finesse to be world class but damn close (can you use the word finesse with Rioja??). Drank in gulps with parmesan dusted NY style mushroom meatball mozzarella pizza from Peppino's in Athens, GA while watching Parenthood with my 17 YO daughter (who also pronounced the wine delicious). What a Tuesday night...thank you sir may I have another. Anyone really disappointed with this wine has WAY more money than me and is a spoiled brat. Geek out.

5 people found it helpfulFeb 3rd, 2016
Fernando Motta

Este Reserva 2006 es una muestra de porque Rioja siempre ha dado de que hablar. Una de las mejores "values" en la carta del Bristol.

Este Reserva 2006 es una muestra de porque Rioja siempre ha dado de que hablar. Una de las mejores "values" en la carta del Bristol.

3 people found it helpfulAug 21st, 2013
Lilly-Gray Warren

This was taken in wine class months ago but I actually just bought another bottle recently because I love Rioja Tempranillos so much.

This was taken in wine class months ago but I actually just bought another bottle recently because I love Rioja Tempranillos so much.

3 people found it helpfulDec 18th, 2012
Matty Wicksteed

Manager The Wine Cellars

9.1

Sold as a Crianza but actually a reserva due to the fact that people tend to think this would be more expensive & thus harder to sell.
Light red fruits on the nose, quite developed, strawberry, soy and rose petal. In the mouth the acidity dominates pushing through refreshing red currant, raspberry & strawberry, amazing value.

Sold as a Crianza but actually a reserva due to the fact that people tend to think this would be more expensive & thus harder to sell.
Light red fruits on the nose, quite developed, strawberry, soy and rose petal. In the mouth the acidity dominates pushing through refreshing red currant, raspberry & strawberry, amazing value.

2 people found it helpfulSep 5th, 2015
Christopher Marshall

This wine is simply dialed in. Luscious mouth feel, tempered yet present spice, and that perfectly even Rioja oak. Beautiful, and a steal at the price point.

This wine is simply dialed in. Luscious mouth feel, tempered yet present spice, and that perfectly even Rioja oak. Beautiful, and a steal at the price point.

1 person found it helpfulJan 30th, 2016
Amanda Burrill

Dark Ruby. Medium but full nose of ripe berry and hints of pepper. Acid and alcohol in balance, nice tannin, slight tobacco but a glorious ripe red berry. Pleasant finish. This wine and I will be married.

Dark Ruby. Medium but full nose of ripe berry and hints of pepper. Acid and alcohol in balance, nice tannin, slight tobacco but a glorious ripe red berry. Pleasant finish. This wine and I will be married.

1 person found it helpfulSep 22nd, 2015
Mike Steffel

First bottle gone and they are asking for more.

First bottle gone and they are asking for more.

Jan 13th, 2017
Saman Hosseini

Writer Maison Abattoir

8.8

Expressive 2ndary aromatics, cherry skin, grilled steak juice.

Expressive 2ndary aromatics, cherry skin, grilled steak juice.

Dec 17th, 2016