2001 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Alberdi Reserva (Spain, La Rioja, Rioja)

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La Rioja, Red Wine, Spain, Tempranillo

Enjoyed this with dinner and the album “Spain” by Michel Camilo and Tomatito tonight. Dark but translucent color. Nose is prominently raspberry, cherry, and red currant with some barnyard and a fragrant herb shrub stemminess. Solid midpalate that is all about the red fruit, spice, and some licorice. Finishes long and with good structure. Based on my experience in other wine regions, I would suspect this will improve for another few years and hold for at least 10 years. A ridiculous bargain.

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I am not a professional wine taster, nor do I have any professional training in the wine trade. I am a wine enthusiast who has spent countless hours tasting wines of many different styles. My palate is not aligned with a single wine critic, and I call all wines "as I taste them". My site is a source of tasting notes and wine recommendations as well as warnings without conflict of interest. You'll just have to figure out how your palate aligns with mine. My palate generally tends to veer towards Old-World wines that put a premium on terroir and lovely balance and finesse, rather than raw power...please keep that in mind as you read my notes.

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