1942 Bodegas Riojanas Rioja Viña Albina Reserva

Tempranillo Blend

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Community Tasting Notes 11

  • 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.

  • don_quichotte Likes this wine: (97 points)

    July 24, 2013 - Opened blind at a wine club dinner and had high expectations for this - some laudatory tasting notes on CT from people who should know and this particular bottle has levels at the base of the neck.

    Slightly barnyard-y sort of aromas upon opening, but they quickly dissipate.

    A kaleidoscope of spices and cherry on the nose. So much energy. Red fruits, beautifully balanced acids and leather. A bordeaux type of Rioja. The group (including one budding MW and an experienced winemaker) guesses 1985 to 1990 Rioja or Bordeaux.

    I've had a few 60+ years old rioja as of late and slowly coming to the conclusion that it ages better than bordeaux.

    Spectacular wine and a real eye opener

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  • 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, 5/1/2014

    (Rioja “Viña Albina” Vieja Reserva- Bodegas Riojanas) Subscribe to see review text.

  • 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)

Wine Definition

  • 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

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 13 (62%)
  • Consumed 8 (38%)

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