La Rioja Alta Viña Alberdi Reserva Rioja Tempranillo 2008

9.0182 ratings on Delectable
$17.99

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Ratings on Delectable

Joe Pea

This the third time I've had this in the last year and it shows beautifully right out of the gate. The wood and fruit are so interestingly and well melded at this point. Oak moves to cedar on the palate. Definite alcohol lift in the nose still and you can feel it the nostrils but not obtrusive...indeed it's actually a promising hint of what's to come on the palate. Dried cherry and stone fruit tastes on right away. Slightly mentholated. Definitely picking up distinct vanilla undertones on the nose and palate but not over the top. Satisfying medium tannins. Soft mouth feel but with really good/balanced structure. Perfect finish in line with what preceded it. Just a great fucking wine. And for the price? Getcha some! Can't believe this is still just around and available (not telling where!). Not for those who don't want wood in their wine but even here what you think will finish moderately chalky moves to soft-ish tannins at the perfect time. So many riojas are over top in the wood category or just so out of balance one way or the other. Everyone has heard of Rioja but have you really had a good one? Here's your chance without breaking the bank. I'd put this one up against the best or at least those considered the best. Maybe lacking a LITTLE finesse to be world class but damn close (can you use the word finesse with Rioja??). Drank in gulps with parmesan dusted NY style mushroom meatball mozzarella pizza from Peppino's in Athens, GA while watching Parenthood with my 17 YO daughter (who also pronounced the wine delicious). What a Tuesday night...thank you sir may I have another. Anyone really disappointed with this wine has WAY more money than me and is a spoiled brat. Geek out.

This the third time I've had this in the last year and it shows beautifully right out of the gate. The wood and fruit are so interestingly and well melded at this point. Oak moves to cedar on the palate. Definite alcohol lift in the nose still and you can feel it the nostrils but not obtrusive...indeed it's actually a promising hint of what's to come on the palate. Dried cherry and stone fruit tastes on right away. Slightly mentholated. Definitely picking up distinct vanilla undertones on the nose and palate but not over the top. Satisfying medium tannins. Soft mouth feel but with really good/balanced structure. Perfect finish in line with what preceded it. Just a great fucking wine. And for the price? Getcha some! Can't believe this is still just around and available (not telling where!). Not for those who don't want wood in their wine but even here what you think will finish moderately chalky moves to soft-ish tannins at the perfect time. So many riojas are over top in the wood category or just so out of balance one way or the other. Everyone has heard of Rioja but have you really had a good one? Here's your chance without breaking the bank. I'd put this one up against the best or at least those considered the best. Maybe lacking a LITTLE finesse to be world class but damn close (can you use the word finesse with Rioja??). Drank in gulps with parmesan dusted NY style mushroom meatball mozzarella pizza from Peppino's in Athens, GA while watching Parenthood with my 17 YO daughter (who also pronounced the wine delicious). What a Tuesday night...thank you sir may I have another. Anyone really disappointed with this wine has WAY more money than me and is a spoiled brat. Geek out.

9.1

Matty Wicksteed Delectable Pro

Manager The Wine Cellars

Sold as a Crianza but actually a reserva due to the fact that people tend to think this would be more expensive & thus harder to sell. Light red fruits on the nose, quite developed, strawberry, soy and rose petal. In the mouth the acidity dominates pushing through refreshing red currant, raspberry & strawberry, amazing value.

Sold as a Crianza but actually a reserva due to the fact that people tend to think this would be more expensive & thus harder to sell. Light red fruits on the nose, quite developed, strawberry, soy and rose petal. In the mouth the acidity dominates pushing through refreshing red currant, raspberry & strawberry, amazing value.

9.1

Christopher Marshall

This wine is simply dialed in. Luscious mouth feel, tempered yet present spice, and that perfectly even Rioja oak. Beautiful, and a steal at the price point.

This wine is simply dialed in. Luscious mouth feel, tempered yet present spice, and that perfectly even Rioja oak. Beautiful, and a steal at the price point.

9.4

Amanda Burrill

Dark Ruby. Medium but full nose of ripe berry and hints of pepper. Acid and alcohol in balance, nice tannin, slight tobacco but a glorious ripe red berry. Pleasant finish. This wine and I will be married.

Dark Ruby. Medium but full nose of ripe berry and hints of pepper. Acid and alcohol in balance, nice tannin, slight tobacco but a glorious ripe red berry. Pleasant finish. This wine and I will be married.

9.5

Location

  • 803 Sibley Memorial Hwy
    Lilydale, MN 55118

  • Monday-Saturday: 10am-9pm