La Rioja Alta Vina Alberdi Crianza, Rioja 2012

This is another beautiful wine from one of the best producers in Rioja, La Rioja Alta. Vina Alberdi receives the same care as his most popular big brother, Vina Ardanza (see here). Grapes were picked manually and gently transported in boxes in refrigerated lorries. The wine was aged for 2 years in American oak barrels the first year in new oak and the second in barrels.

Dominating ripe red fruit, currants and liquorice, rounded vanilla, caramel, jam and spices. The wine is particularly smooth and elegant with a medium body. Great value, seriously delicious wine!

Drink now - 2021 

DETAILS

Wine Type: Red Producer: La Rioja Alta Appellation: Rioja Style: Savoury and classic Grape: 100% Tempranillo Country: Spain Region: La Rioja Vintage:2012 Alcohol Content: 13,50% Allergens: Contains Sulfites

(€18,27 / litre)

AWARDS AND REVIEWS 

2010 Vintage was number 2 at James Suckling's The 50 Best Value Wines Under $50 in 2016
90+ points Wine Advocate-Robert Parker
"Cropped from an extremely dry year, the 2012 Viña Alberdi was saved by some rains in late September. The aging lasted two years, the first one in new American oak barrels and the second in used ones. It felt livelier than the 2011. This 2012 has some aromas of raw meat, with marked toast from the American oak (all the American oak barrels are built by their own coopers), with a good combination of fruit and spice, tradition and modernity. It's approachable and easy to drink, but a little more time in bottle should polish it even further."  —Luis Gutierrez 
Guia Penin 93 points
James Suckling 92 points
Decanter 90 points