Viña Alberdi Reserva, La Rioja Alta 2015, Rioja, Spain

It is impossible to talk about the region of Rioja without mentioning La Rioja Alta. Established in 1890, the estate still owns and uses its 100 year old facility in Haro (as well as a larger, more modern facility down the road!). The techniques are super traditional, and include racking (separating the wine from the lees) by candlelight. La Rioja Alta is one of the few wineries in the world to have its own cooperage, and all barrels used by the estate are made in house.

100% Tempranillo from 40 year old vines, grown on chalky soils at 600m altitude in the Rioja Alta. Hand picked, the grapes are destemmed at the winery and fermented in tank. The wine then sees two years in oak barrels - all made at the estate - the first year is in new oak, and the second in old, neutral oak barrels. Classic Rioja, made traditionally and with immense care and pride.


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