Vina Alberdi, Rioja, 2010

  La Rioja Alta

Contains Sulphites.

About La Rioja Alta

A Spanish legend steeped in tradition, La Rioja Alta is a company that was founded in 1890 – long before the borders of the Rioja region were demarcated and the Denominación de Origen was established. Today, they are at the cutting edge of winemaking technology but still adhere to their traditional philosophy of getting an excellent base wine high in fruit, tannin and acidity, achieved by hard viticultural work. This is followed by a long and carefully calculated maturation in American oak during which fine, sophisticated aromas and flavours build up without a sniff of oxidation. The finished wines, released after extended ageing represent excellent value traditional Rioja. It is no surprise that they have so many devoted followers.

Appellation: Rioja

Spains most famous wine growing region is seeing something of a revolution. A band of new producers are shunning the traditional methods of production in a effort to gain greater purity of fruit, less dominant oak influence, and individual terroir characteristics. The results are wines that have the ability to age and improve in bottle, that have finesse, character and real elegance.

Grape Type: Tempranillo

Tempranillo is now a widely recognised varietal, largely due to the international fame of Rioja, for which it is a key varietal. Being thick-skinned and producing vibrant fruit driven wines with depth and longevity it is often regarded as Spain's answer to Cabernet Sauvignon. Ripening two weeks earlier than Garnacha, and having a short growing period, it is better suited to Rioja's higher and cooler Alta and Alevesa areas. Excellent examples from Rioja include St Vicente and Amancio from Eguren and the more traditional style wines of La Rioja Alta, namely Gran Reserva 904 and our own-label Rioja Reserva. As well as being planted throughout central Spain, the Toro region is increasingly recognised as producing world-class Tempranillo, the wines at Teso La Monja, namely Almirez, Alabaster and Victorino show signs of greatness! It is also known as Tinto Fino in Ribera del Duero and Tinto Roriz in Portugal.