Rioja generally has three classifications to officially identify the quality and ageing process of their wines. Every so often, a vintage comes along that is so good that producers reach for yet another way to let their customer’s know about exceptional quality. They use the term “Reserva Especial” in these rare cases.
2001 was an exceptional vintage, and after many years of ageing, La Rioja Alta released its 2001 Vina Ardanza Reserva Especial. Let me tell you, it was worth the wait! This is an absolutely gorgeous bottle of wine with rich fruit, a silky texture and lovely integrated spice tones from extended ageing in oak barrels. This wine is resting in my cellar and at this price, it’s a value that simply can not be beat.