Sunday, August 7, 2011

Review: ***+ $$ La Rioja Alta Vina Alberdi Reserva, Spain, 2005 - GOOD VALUE

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By way of background, opening thoughts: This is a brief tasting note from an open-to-the-public summer wine tasting recently sponsored by The New York Gourmet Society at the Bohemian National Hall.  As such, this is an unusually brief,truncated review, not in classic Spirit of Wine depth, but designed to provide a quick impression of the wine.  As to the summer wine tasting itself, the range of wines provided by Garnet Wines & Liquors was impressive, the appetizers (cheeses, olives, bread) simple but regularly replenished, and the crowd quite diverse internationally and in ages.  

Original tasting and review : This is La Rioja Alta Vina Alberdi Reserva, Spain, 2005.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows purple and spicy.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact quite light with a distinctive "Cinnabon" (warm cinnamon sweet bun) element.

In summary: Overall a light experience that rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a plus for its fun, distinctive character.  This is a good value.

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