Level at mid-shoulder with very clean label as shown. Please note there are signs of historical seepage, though the overall appearance and colour of the wine is good.
The second of the Rioja classifications, Reserva Riojas must be matured for at least three years with at least one year in the barrel, followed by aging (for the remaining period) in the bottle before it is released.
The Artacho family had a deep wine tradition when in 1890 they founded Bodegas Riojanas. Typically a blend of 80% Tempranillo. 15% Mazuelo and 5% Graciano, Vina Albina is vinified traditionally with destalked, crushed grapes macerated for long periods and strict fermentation controls. The wine is then aged for 24 to 30 months in American oak casks. It is then aged in the bottle for at least 12 months before being released to the market.
Riojas age well and, notwithstanding the level, this 1950 Reserva looks to be in good condition for its age.