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Viña Alberdi 2018

Viña Alberdi

2018
Adorably classic
92
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Spec sheet

TypeRed wine
Region
Grapes
Producer
AllergensContains sulfites
Alcohol contenti14.5%
Production500,000 - 550,000 bottles

The wine

Viña Alberdi is a classic and one with character. Describing a wine as classic can sometimes seem too easy or even appear an over-simplification of its personality, which couldn't be further from our intention. It is a classic, three times over: not only in colour, but on the nose and on the palate. Classic as synonymous with having great merits, being particularly appealing, very versatile gastronomically and the sort of wine that always tempts you to come back for more. A classic, and not just another Rioja, this is a wine brimming with fine attributes.

Viña Alberdi is named after Don Nicolás Alberdi, the winery's president from 1947 to 1952, and its first vintage year was 1974.

What does this wine taste like?

Viña Alberdi exudes an excellent aroma, very fresh acidity and well-integrated oak; it's fruit-forward and has a most pleasant finish, with refreshing notes of pine needles. A wine which, even though it doesn't attain the same seriousness as some of the house's emblematic wines, is certainly not lacking in elegance or seduction. Its aromatic complexity, with aromas of Morello cherries, ripe fruit, orange peel, humus, tobacco, wax and leather, intensifies on the palate and offers a mix of seriousness and sensuality.

Light
Bold
Smooth
Tannic
Dry
Sweet
Soft
Acidic

Drinking and storing

Serve between 16ºC and 17ºC

Food pairing

aperitivos
Snacks and appetizers
entrantes
Starters and suppers
embutidos-y-jamon
Sausages and ham
verduras-y-hortalizas
Vegetables
aves-y-carnes-blancas
Poultry and white meats
carnes-rojas
Red meat
quesos-curados
Cured cheeses
arroces
Rice
cocidos-y-potajes
Stews and casseroles

Chicken with raisins and plums / Pork / Meat rice dishes / Feathered game / Duck a l'orange / Cured cheeses

Ratings and awards

201892 PK
201692 PN93 DC
201591 PK
201490 PK
201290+ PK
201190 PK
PK: ParkerPN: PeñínDC: Decanter

Wine critics reviewsReviews by Parker

Their young and fresh red 2018 Viña Alberdi, already a Reserva (Crianza in Spain), matured in oak barrel for two years—in new barrels for the first year and in used barrels for the second year. During the élevage, they racked the wine manually from barrel to barrel four times. 2018 was a year of lower alcohol and more freshness in the wines, and they thought the wines were not designed for the long haul; so, they didn't produce any other wine, and so the only wine from 2018 IS VIÑA ALBERDI! Which means that all the Tempranillo grapes that were destined for 890, 904 and all the other wines went to this wine. They didn't use the Garnacha (which was sold in bulk). So, this is a super- Viña Alberdi, which shows more Crianza style in this cooler vintage but with very good depth and complexity, perhaps a more modern and fresher style. The wine has a seamless palate and a juicy texture, with more color than other vintages, more intensity, more fruit... It has grapes from very good vineyards and poor soils that were never destined for this wine. Highly recommendable and very versatile. It has potential to age. They produced a whopping one million bottles of it. It was bottled in March 2021.

— Luis Gutiérrez (14/07/2022)Robert Parker Wine Advocate Vintage 2018 - 92 PARKER

Customer reviews

4.3/5
41 reviews
Vintage:

Winemaking

Vinification materialWood
Ageing period24 months
Barrel ageUsed
Type of woodAmerican oak

The winery

La Rioja Alta

La Rioja Alta

La Rioja Alta is one of Rioja's historic wineries, creator of such emblematic brands as Viña Ardanza, Viña Arana, Viña Alberdi, Gran Reserva 890 and Gran Reserva 904. All of their wines are excellent and clearly exemplify what it means to be a great Rioja classic these days, in present times. Their wines are elegant, complex and sophisticated like those of the past, but with more body, colour and robustness, wines adapted to the gastronomical demands of...

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