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The Wines of La Rioja Alta, S.A., with Guest Maria Sãenz
February 7, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm$20
Few dispute that La Rioja Alta S.A. is the leading quality orientated producer in the Rioja region of Spain. The company owns over 300 hectares of vineyards in different parts of the best zones of the Rioja Alta region, from which they can source top-quality grapes, resulting in excellent fruit and richness throughout their wines. La Rioja Alta continues to be one of the benchmarks for traditionally produced Rioja wine. The company still maintains traditional Rioja winemaking practices whilst embracing many of the new technological advances.
The Bodega was formed in 1890 as a partnership of 5 quality-conscious growers keen to exploit the export potential for well-made, ‘modern’ Rioja. The region of Rioja, with its excellent climate and soils, had already attracted attention, and experiments with Bordeaux-style vinification and barrique-aging were proving very successful. In 1904, La Rioja Alta absorbed Bodegas Ardanza, and gained access to some of the finest vineyards in the Rioja Alta district. La Rioja Alta SA, as it has been known since 1941, owns four wineries: two in Rioja (La Rioja Alta and Torre de Oña) and one each in Rías Baixas (Lagar de Cervera) and Ribera del Duero (Áster).
La Rioja Alta has never let standards slip, and continues the tradition of careful long-aging that gives Rioja its unique character. These wines offer a wonderfully complex bouquet, rich flavors, a seductively smooth texture, and are all ready to drink on release. Representing the winery will be Maria Sãenz who will be pouring the following wines from La Rioja Alta’s “90+ Club”:
2016 Lagar de Cervera Albarino (Rias Baixas) $24.99
2010 Viña Alberdi Reserva (Rioja) $19.99
2013 Áster Crianza (Ribera del Duero) $24.99
2012 Torre de Oña (Rioja) $36.99
2008 Viña Ardanza Gran Reserva (Rioja) $39.99
Stop by after work or on your way to dinner, meet Maria and taste these highly rated wines. This will be a “walk-about” tasting, so reservations are not required, just please let us know if you will be bringing a group. Cheeses, crackers and good things will be served to complement the wines.