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

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La Rioja, Red Wine, Spain, Tempranillo

My last bottle of this, and like its predecessors, it did not disappoint. Lovely dark cherry red color and a typical nose of dried herbs, dill pickle, and red and black berry fruit. On the palate, it adds leather and spice, and its zingy acidity is remarkable. It is a wine that can be paired with many a dish for dinner, and it delivers lots of flavor and provokes plenty of thought. At roughly $19, this wine is a huge bargain, and it proves yet again (IMO), that Rioja delivers more world-class wine for under $20 than any other wine region in the old world (with maybe the exception of the Barberas, Langhes and Dolcettos of Piemonte).

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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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