The Vina Alberdi Reserva 2007 is a benchmark old-school Rioja, approachable now and deceptively powerful when in the presence of rich (Spanish) dishes.
The 2007 Alberdi is a blend of 80% Tempranillo and 20% Mazuela (Carignan). Medium ruby in colour, it exhibits a beautifully and typically developed nose of cedar, spice, and red currants. This 2007 Alberdi’s charm and characteristic elegance are as warming and seductive as ever!
As noted earlier the Vina Alberdi is great with Spanish food, but generally versatile for food pairing. It complements snacks and appetizers, as well as rice dishes, pasta and casserole recipes. It also pairs well with barbecues and delicate grilled meat and fish.
Tasting Notes: Bright and lively deep cherry red with a pinkish rim. Intense on the nose, with aromas of ripe red berries (strawberries and blackberries) and roasted coffee and caramel balsamic notes. Good structured and well-balanced on the palate, with sweet tannins that led to a fresh and lingering finish. Aftertaste that recalls sweet spiced notes, candied fruit, minted chocolate, roasted coffee and caramel.
91 Points – Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate:
Let’s start with the noteworthy 2007 Vina Alberdi, their youngest and fruiter wine from a cold vintage. It’s produced with Tempranillo grapes from their own vineyards in the villages of Rodezno and Labastida, fermented with their natural yeast and aged in American oak barrels produced by their own coopers, the first year in new ones and then transferred to third-use ones. It was bottled in March 2010. The wine has a translucent ruby color with an orange rind and an impressive bouquet of dried flowers, caramelized orange and cloves. The palate reveals a medium-bodied, elegant and balanced wine, keeping the power of the fruit and the subtleness of the aging, which is easy to drink and true to its origin. This wine represents a very good value for traditional Rioja. 500,000 bottles produced. Drink 2014-2018.