The Vina Alberdi is the only wine that sees new oak. I have enjoyed this many times and at over 6 years of age you can still call this a young wine. Following the Alberdi each wine got increasingly more complex and silky. It is hard to believe that wines with as much barrel and bottle age can be so lively and promise many more years of life. That is the magic of traditional producers like La Rioja Alta.
This was my first time at an Ancona's event and in addition to the unique venue in their family's former home, everyone involved was friendly and very knowledgeable. It is always fun to taste with folks that love wine as much as I do.