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La Rioja Alta

La Rioja Alta
Few dispute that La Rioja Alta S.A. is the leading quality orientated producer in the Rioja. With more than 50,000 casks and 6.4 million bottles stored at any one time, the equivalent of about 8 years sales, La Rioja Alta S.A. is unique in its ability to supply large quantities of fully mature wines of world class quality. The company owns 300 hectares of vineyards in different parts of the best zones of the Rioja Alta region. La Rioja Alta S.A. is specialized in red wines. The leading grape variety is the Tempranillo with small doses of Mazuelo and Graciano. The Vina Ardanza differs from the other wines with some 25% Garnacha in the blend. After vinification in the new ultra modern vinification plant near Haro, aging is in traditional Bordeaux casks, all made from American oak. Racking is by hand every 6 months with 8 teams working full time racking the 51,000 casks. There is no filtration prior to bottling and further long aging in bottle before release. In short the wines are made in the traditional Rioja manner. The company is adamant about not using French oak, 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 colour, gorgeous aromas of oak, spices and fruit followed by a sensational feel on the palate, with a wonderful smooth texture, clean rich oaky/fruity flavours 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.
La Rioja Alta Viña Alberdi Rioja Reserva 2008

La Rioja Alta Viña Alberdi Rioja Reserva 2008

Medium-depth, cherry red, with a clean, bright orange rim. Its nose is intense, with dominating ripe fruit and strawberry jam rounding off the background notes of cocoa, vanilla, caramel, and smoke from oak aging. A pleasant acidity and soft, round tannins provide a very pleasant, medium-bodied mouthfeel. Intense finish, with ... more
BN#552975

Price:$39.00

in mixed case $37.05

SKU SWS-SRA-164

La Rioja Alta Viña Alberdi Rioja Reserva 2011

La Rioja Alta Viña Alberdi Rioja Reserva 2011

Medium-depth, cherry red, with a clean, bright pink still glass. Swirling reveals jammy notes of wild currants and herbs against a balsamic background coffee. Mild entry, with a medium. well with soft tannins and a harmonious, wine extolling the virtues of this brand. Alberdi stands out for its food-pairing versatility. ... more
BN#636432

Price:$24.00

in mixed case $22.80

SKU SWS-SRA-167

La Rioja Alta Viña Ardanza Reserva 2000

La Rioja Alta Viña Ardanza Reserva 2000

Medium-high cherry red robe, with orange tinted tones on the edge of the glass, clear and brilliant. Intense and complex to the nose. Wild berry aromas predominate, blended with hints of coconut, cinnamon, tobacco and leather. Full-bodied and well structured to the palate, with silky and enveloping tannins. Long after-taste ... more
BN#184358

Price:$125.00

in mixed case $118.75

SKU SWS-SRA-073

La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 890 2004

La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 890 2004

BN#638604

Price:$192.00

in mixed case $182.40

SKU SWS-SRA-144





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