for the 50 Best value wines under $50 – James Suckling
Always evolving quality,
elegance, innovation, evolution... They are the pillars on which the five
founding families erected the La Rioja Alta winery in 1890 and built a way of
living, feeling and producing wines of the highest quality that continue to evolve
subtly, perfectly adapting to new tastes. This is how the permanent pursuit of
excellence started; a pursuit that continues into the 21st century with
identical enthusiasm. We draw the best from our winemaking tradition and wisdom
—our own cooperage, manual racking, long ageing periods, etc.— and combine it
with the most modern winemaking technology. Today, our wines are an
international exemplar of the great wines of Rioja and our brands are present
in the best restaurants across all continents. Vina Alberdi is characterized by
a notable food-pairing versatility. It is an ideal companion to appetizers,
snacks and barbecues, perfect with rice, pastas and stews, and great with
lightly-grilled meat and fish.
TASTING NOTES: Deep, ripe cherry red, with
a clean, bright pink rim. Expansive nose, with dominating ripe red fruit,
currants and liquorice, rounded off with sweet notes of vanilla, caramel, jam
and spices. The wine is particularly well-balanced, with a smooth, elegant
entry, medium body and sweet, tasty tannins. Ripe fruit, herbs, vanilla and
caramel come together to mark a pleasant, agreeable finish.
and intense aromas of strawberries and blackberries with hints of black ink.
Savory notes, too. Full-bodied, chewy and focused with linear fruit and
character. Very finely crafted. Drink or hold.” 95 pts. James Suckling