Inspired by the clear, starry night sky, Félix Solís wanted to create a wine that would capture the pleasure-loving, life-affirming spirit of the Spanish people. He named it Albali after a star in the constellation of Aquarius.
Viña Albali Gran Reserva de Familia is created using the very best grapes from exceptional vintages from our own estates. The grapes for the limited edition wine are handpicked at night to avoid high temperatures.
85% Tempranillo and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon
Valdepeñas takes its name from the ancient city by the same name, that lies on a sun-baked river valley dotted by small rocky formations (Val-de-peñas - Valley of Rocks). Located in the South of Castilla-La Mancha in central Spain. The area is almost entirely encircled by both La Mancha Denominación de Origen on the North border and Andalusia on its Southern limits. It experiences extreme weather conditions, with temperatures reaching up to over 40 ºC in the summer and dropping to as low as -10 ºC in the winter. The future of this Denominación de Origen lays with its red wines made from Tempranillo; a grape variety that enjoys the ability to age well as crianza, reserva and gran reserva.
This wine has outstanding complexity, influenced by its long ageing, with light aromas of leather, cocoa and spices. On the palate it maintains a perfect tannic balance that promises good ageing potential. The flavours depict rich mature red fruits (cranberry and raspberry), vanilla and oak. It is powerful and very tasty with a pleasant bouquet and a long finish.
Best suited to red meats, stews, game and mature cheeses.
Between 18-20° C. We recommend opening the wine at least half hour before serving or decanting to enjoy its full potential.
Harvested by hand at night during mid-September when the grapes are at their optimum. The typical characteristics of the Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are captured throughout the fermentation and ageing. Depending on the vintage, the wine is finished in American oak for an average of at least 24 months. Ageing is completed in the bottle.
About this wine
“94 Excellent,Highly Recommended: Blood red color is nearly opaque. The nose is acutely peppery, pruny, raisiny, tannic, leathery, even a little pipe tobacco-like, but alluring and dense. Taste profile is toasted, roasted, beany, oaky, vanilla-like, forest floor-like, concentrated. Concludes extra long, silky, viscous, peppery.” Viña Albali Gran Reserva de Familia 2008 Ultimate Wine Challenge 2015
“Rating 91/100. Mature ruby. Very good nose showing spice and refined fruit notes with elegant oak. Very well-balanced, classically styled with a forceful attack showing toast notes, fruit and rich acidity. Excellent.” Viña Albali Gran Reserva de Familia 2008 Gilbert & Gaillard 2015
2017 Challenge International Du Vin: Viña Albali Gran Reserva de Familia 2008
2017 Mundus Vini: Viña Albali Gran Reserva de Familia 2008
2016 The International Wine & Spirits Competition: Viña Albali Gran Reserva de Familia 2008
2016 Bacchus: Viña Albali Gran Reserva de Familia 2008
2016 Vinalies Internationales: Viña Albali Gran Reserva de Familia 2008
2016 Ultimate Wine Challenge: Viña Albali Gran Reserva de Familia 2008