As one of the most iconic producers in Rioja, taking a sip is delving into the region’s history, and as their entry-level wine, ‘Alberdi’ is a bargain if you want to taste the real deal.
With two years ageing in American oak behind it, the ‘Alberdi’ shows a bright mix of Rioja characteristics. There’s plenty of fruit, with sweet wild berries and a hint of strawberry jam bursting onto the palate, but the time in oak has allowed the Tempranillo to evolve. Think cocoa, coffee and sweet vanilla, underpinned by a sharp balsamic edge.
Soft tannins and a smooth finish make this ever so drinkable - a class act through and through.
You know those cheap bottles that stick a picturesque landscape or a local castle on the label to seem more highbrow? La Rioja Alta is what they wish they were.
They were founded in 1890, when winemaking was an intensive, artisan process. They select grapes by hand, aged them in barrels built on site and meticulously filtering the result by candlelight. Not much has changed, with the addition of some technology to help that natural process along its way.