1998 La Rioja Alta Alberdi Reserva

September 18, 2014

Name:Alberdi Reserva
Vintage:1998
Type:Red Wine
Varietal:Tempranillo
Producer:La Rioja Alta
Region:Spain / La Rioja
Alcohol:n/a

All is good – the age, the nuances, but the acidity throws the balance off somewhat. Needs an hour of air to compose itself.

2001 La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904

September 16, 2014

Name:Gran Reserva 904
Vintage:2001
Type:Red Wine
Varietal:Tempranillo, Graciano
Producer:La Rioja Alta
Region:Spain / La Rioja
Alcohol:n/a

Honorable and dignified, staying true to its typicity, but in a very refined manner. The lightness and elegance of texture, plays very nicely with the herby/pickly notes of Rioja’s Tempranillo. At one point even suggesting keenship to the biodynamic rogues like Paolo Bea. Delightful and classy.