Professional reviews have copyrights and you can view them here for your personal use only as private content. To view pro reviews you must either subscribe to a pre-integrated publication or manually enter reviews. Learn more.Manage Subscriptions
1942 Bodegas Riojanas Rioja Viña Albina Reserva
- La Rioja
Community Tasting Notes 13
etyc Likes this wine:
November 13, 2015 - Another amazing (in the sense that it's well alive) bottle. Mind-boggling to think that this was bottled during WW2... Tea-leaves, herbs & mushrooms on the nose. With air, red-fruits, spice, leather & smoke emerged on the palate. Truly amazing how long these Riojas last!
tinybubbles Likes this wine: (94 points)
January 24, 2015 - A great example of what older tempranillo can be. Complex nose of wine cellar mustiness, stewed red and dark fruits, dry earth, old leather, dried mushrooms, and sweet spices. Palate has slightly less to offer but is quite vibrant for a 70 year old wine. Bottle was in fantastic condition. No decant, consumed over three hours.
europat55 wrote: (93 points)
August 3, 2014 - Platinum Tasting - 7 Decades of Riojas (Tasted Blind) (Andre and Sabine's House, Mountain View, CA): My #3, Group's #7 (70 pts). Tasted blind
Anonymous wrote: (94 points)
November 22, 2013 - Various Wines @ Salil's: This bottle was in almost unbelievable condition. Top of the shoulder fill level with an obviously older cork, but one that looks like it might be 40 rather than 70 years old. Good color, still holding a healthy ruby glow and a light garnet rim. This really took to air as it unfolded with multiple flavors and scents... none of fell into the caramel or dill spectrum, which older old-school Riojas can acquire. Earth, leather, dried red fruits and hints of brown spices. Velvety and long the palate. A wine that just puts a smile on your face with is weightless salvo of secondary and tertiary notes. Superb.
salil wrote: (95 points)
November 22, 2013 - A really great bottle; the fruit's still surprisingly robust and vibrant, and there's tremendous aromatic complexity and depth here. Layers of spicy, leathery, earthy and smoky flavours framing the core of cherry and red berried fruit, and very polished and graceful on the palate with the tannins fully integrated and bright acids keeping it quite fresh. With air it seems to get fresher and more lively, and remains absolutely compelling over a few hours. A real treat, thanks Marco.
Pro Reviews 3
View From the Cellar
By John Gilman
May/Jun 2014, Issue #51, Recently Tasted Spanish Wines: Great Traditional Wines, A Few Overly Alcoholic Dinosaurs and More Old Rioja Notes Than Anyone Has A Right to Taste
(Rioja “Viña Albina” Vieja Reserva- Bodegas Riojanas) Subscribe to see review text.
By Richard Jennings
1/25/2015 (link) 98 points
(Bodegas Riojanas Rioja Viña Albina Reserva) Bricking dark red violet color; mature, spice, baked cherry, raspberry puree nose; delicious, velvety textured, rich, blackberry liqueur, ripe raspberry, black cherry palate; long finish (14.8% alcohol; great, youthful Rioja, aging glacially as great Tempranillo does)
By Richard Jennings
2/25/2014 (link) 98 points
(Bodegas Riojanas Rioja Viña Albina Reserva) Bricking, dark red violet color; aromatic, talc, anise, dried violets, baked cherry, raspberry puree nose; delicious, surprisingly youthful, rich yet elegant, rounded, ripe raspberry, tart cherry, talc, cherry syrup palate with a very long finish (this is the more delicate of the two top traditional cuvees for Riojanas, sourced from limestone vineyards and seeing less skin maceration than the Monte Real bottling)
- Vintage 1942
- Type Red
- Producer Bodegas Riojanas
- Varietal Tempranillo Blend
- Designation Viña Albina Reserva
- Vineyard n/a
- Country Spain
- Region La Rioja
- SubRegion n/a
- Appellation Rioja
- Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
- In Cellars 17 (63%)
- Consumed 10 (37%)