Wines for the January 21st Zoom Tasting

Wines for the January 21st Zoom Tasting


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Join us at 6:30pm on Thursday, January 21st, for a tasting of the wines of La Rioja Alta! The wines of La Rioja Alta are made in the traditional Rioja manner. The winery is adamant about using American oak - not French - keeping the unique Rioja style which has been developed since the end of the 19th century. In spite of the varying amount of time in cask and bottle, the wines all display a wonderful rich ruby color, gorgeous aromas of oak, spices, and fruit followed by a sensational feel on the palate with a wonderfully smooth texture, clean rich oaky/fruity flavors, and a long lingering finish. All the wines are ready for consumption on release but will keep for many more years in bottle. This situation is almost unique in the world of wine and is the reason why so many restaurants list La Rioja Alta’s outstanding range of truly classic Rioja wines on their wine lists.

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Thursday's tasting will include, in this order:

2015 La Rioja Alta Vina Alberdi, $19.99

The classic Haro-styled red 2015 Viña Alberdi is an excellent introduction to the house style: balsamic reds with abundant notes of sweet spices and cigar ash, developed aromas of forest floor, and a creamy twist making small concessions for a fresher and cleaner profile in the last few years but keeping the classic style. There are notes of ground tobacco and earth, and the palate is seamless and sleek with polished tannins and a soft mouthfeel.

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2012 La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Reserva, $34.99

Garnacha is an important component in the 2012 Viña Ardanza Reserva where it represents 20% of the blend (the rest is, of course, Tempranillo). It is a prototype of polished and aged Rioja with a ruby color with some orange and a developed nose with subtle aromas of decayed leaves, sweet spices, and some cherries in liqueur. Even, quite complex and harmonious. The palate is velvety but rich with resolved tannins and a fine chalky mouthfeel, sleek and elegant, terribly balanced. The flavors are pure and defined and there is an overall sense of harmony. Brilliant Ardanza!

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2009 La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904, $59.99

This super classical cuvée showcases the wines from Haro, silky and elegant after long aging in oak and a good future in bottle. 2009 was a powerful vintage, ripe but with good balance. The blend is approximately 90% Tempranillo and 10% Graciano, fermented in stainless steel with a 78-day natural malolactic. The aging was in four-year-old American oak barrels crafted by their own coopers; the wines aged from April 2010 until April 2014. During that time, the wine was racked every six months, to be finally bottled in November 2014. It's developed but it keeps some fruit character, plenty of spices, and balsamic aromas. The palate is polished but has some clout with clean, focused flavors and a long, spicy and tasty finish.

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And don't forget to let us know if you'd like to have a private tasting for a group of friends or business associates!

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