This wine was inspired by the clear starry night skies in La Mancha. 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 the brightest star in Aquarius.
Viña Albali Reserva is made from a selection of only the best Tempranillo grapes chosen from old vineyards with a small production. Having spent time ageing in oak barrels this variety produces wines with intense ruby red fruit aromas and hints of vanilla and spices.
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.
Intense cherry red. This wine exhibits a complex aroma of vanilla, chocolate, spices and fruit jam. Pleasing and soft palate with a good tannic expression and long smooth finish.
Versatile wine that goes perfectly with grilled meat and Manchego cheese.
Ideally, it should be served at around 16-17° C
Its expressive tannic components are optimised thanks to a gentle maceration and pumping over for several short periods. After fermenting at a controlled temperature to extract its maximum aromatic potential and elegant tannins, the wine ages in American oak barrels for 12 months. Then, the ageing process continues in the bottle for a period of 2 to 3 years.
About this wine
“Subtle aromas of smoked meat dance with floral notes of lavender on the nose. Complexity abounds on the palate, with dark fruit flavors of blackberry compote and anise shrouded in dusty tannins. The bold finish makes this a perfect pairing with roast duck.” Ultimate Wine Challenge
2019 Mundus Vini: Viña Albali Reserva 2014
2019 Gilbert & Gaillard: Viña Albali Reserva 2014
2018 Sakura Awards: Viña Albali Reserva 2012
2018 Challenge International du Vin: Viña Albali Reserva 2012
2018 Ultimate Wine Challenge: Viña Albali Reserva 2012