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Two Lovely Rioja Reservas

It was a treat to drink both of these Rioja Reservas.  While La Rioja Alta originated in 1890 and the Bodegas Hermanos Pecina a century later in 1992 they both produce traditionally aged Rioja.  I would summarize the Vina Alberdi as more classic in profile with its leaner fruit and subtle complexities.  I would hold off on drinking it for a year or two at which point it should be fully together.  The Senorio de P. Pecina is a bit more modern with its strong, youthful fruit which easily integrated the extra year of wood aging and still retains a sense of levity.  While this smelled and tasted great immediately upon pouring, it changed the least over the evening so I suspect it will age well. I recommend both of these wines  and that you try whichever one fits your budget.  They are currently available at MacArthur Beverages.

2005 La Rioja Alta, Vina Alberdi, Reserva, Rioja – $19
Imported by The Country Vintner.  This wine is 100% Tempranillo sourced from the Rodezno and Labastida estates.  The vines are over 30 years old and located on clay-calcareous soils at 1,500-1,800 feet.  It underwent malolactic fermentation then was aged for one year in new and a second year in used American oak casks.  There is an old-school nose of brighter red fruit and tart berries.  In the mouth the leaner red fruit immediately mixed with smokey wood notes.  The fruit was tart up front with noticeable herbs, salivating acidity, and drying tannins.  The fruit became blacker towards the finish.  While it develops in the glass with air it will benefit from short-term aging.  *** 2014-2018.

2001 Bodegas Hermanos Pecina, Senorio de P. Pecina, Reserva, Rioja – $30
A Jose Pastor Selections imported by Vinos & Gourmet. This wine is a blend of 95% Tempranillo, 3% Graciano, and 2% Garnacha.  The fruit is fermented in stainless steel using indigenous yeasts then undergoes malolactic fermentation.  It was aged for three years in American and French oak barrels.  The lovely nose revealed cedary fruit with mature aromas which were supported by youthful red fruit and notes of wood smoke.  In the mouth there are brighter, slightly tart flavors of focused red fruit.  The fruit gives youthful impressions with its freshness, acidity which stands on the front of the tongue, and citrus like tang. This is drinkable now for its youthful yet approachable state but it is certainly worth cellaring for added complexity. ***(*) Now-2022.

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