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Joe’s Pick: La Rioja Alta Viña Alberdi Reserva 2011

Medium-bodied with rich, ripe red fruit Viña Alberdi has pleasantly savory, complicated aging notes typical of Rioja. It really is the ultimate everyday food wine for it’s smooth, easy-drinking body with ample acidity for grilled meat or pasta. It’s the Taco Tuesday of reds, inexpensive and a casual no brainer of a wine that has plain-old delicious licorice notes and soft tannins.

There’s no need or time to mention the fact it comes from a renowned producer with a century’s experience of patient aging. Or the fact that it comes from organic, estate fruit from 40-year-old vines. Or the fact that it’s aged for 2 years in oak barrels crafted on-site by a bodega-owned cooperage. There’s no need or time because the wine will be finished by the time you do.

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