La Rioja Alta Rioja Vina Ardanza Reserva 2006
A bit tight on the nose with subtle notions of spicy wild berry fruits and dusty, dry leather. A little lactic, this shows some raw wood qualities on the nose, as well. The wine is almost velvety on entry and is totally integrated if a bit tight, with some early blueberry fruit and layered wood spice accents. There has lovely purity to the fruit that leads to the finish, showing off nuttiness, juicy plum fruit and delicate shavings of cinnamon. This remains a little tight but it is already delicious and oh so drinkable. 91ptsAdd winemaker's notes
Editorial Reviews for La Rioja Alta Rioja Vina Ardanza Reserva
A bit tight on the nose with subtle notions of spicy wild berry fruits and dusty, dry leather. A little lactic, this shows some raw wood qualities on the nose, as well. The wine is almost velvety on entry and is totally integrated if a bit tight, with some early blueberry fruit and layered wood spice accents. There has lovely purity to the fruit that leads to the finish, showing off nuttiness, juicy plum fruit and delicate shavings of cinnamon. This remains a little tight but it is already delicious and oh so drinkable. 91pts
This took it's sweet time to open up, even from a high shoulder fill bottle. At first there was only VA and the nose was very attenuated but with time and air it gained a fine leather note and nuances of rosewood, tobacco/ pipe smoke, sour game and a great floral top note. In the mouth this is very acid driven but the red currant fruit and sour cherry fruit is zesty and fresh with competing notes of bitterness and sourness that recall pithy lime zest. Turning silky in the mouth with a gamy, savory edge emerging that leads to a moderately long finish. Great mature Rioja. 93pts
Four and a half glasses
I had the pleasure to drink at an asador in Spain. It went perfect with red meat.
Great wine, one of my favourites.
nice deep fruitfull red, full of flavour, top with roasted kid!
Four and a half glasses
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A firm, old-fashioned style of Rioja, this wine bristles with tannins, the fruit taking time to emerge. That fruit is tangy and persistent, handling all of its tempranillo volatility with grace. Pour it with anything from jamón Ibérico to thinly sliced roast pork.
Deep ruby. Sexy, highly perfumed aromas of red fruit preserves, vanilla, mocha and fresh flowers, with a hint of pipe tobacco coming up with air. Sappy and broad on entry, then more taut in the middle, with sweet cherry-vanilla and spicecake flavors given lift by juicy acidity. Closes smooth, spicy and long, with lingering smokiness and fine-grained tannins adding grip. A touch more lively than the excellent 2004 version of this wine and of equal quality, which makes it an outstanding value in old-school Rioja.
This traditional red offers dried cherry, orange peel, tobacco and sanguine flavors in a silky texture, supported by light, firm tannins and balsamic acidity. Focused and fresh, with a juicy finish. Drink now.
Cedar, tobacco and spice hints frame dried cherry, berry and vanilla notes in this silky red. The flavors mingle nicely, framed by juicy acidity and light but firm tannins. The wine has a lovely, weightless intensity. A fine example of the traditional style. Drink now through 2020.
Vivid ruby-red. Suave, spicy red fruit preserve and potpourri scents are complicated by notes of vanilla, licorice and mocha. Sappy, focused and energetic, offering sweet raspberry and cherry-cola flavors that are given lift by juicy acidity. Impressively pure and penetrating on the finish, which leaves floral pastille and smoky mineral notes behind.
The 2004 Vina Ardanza is a blend of 80% Tempranillo and 20% Garnacha from 30-year-old vines in Fuenmayor and Cenicero. It is aged for 36 months in four-year-old American oak. It has a very enticing bouquet with dark cherry, Christmas cake, dried fig and espresso with fine delineation and bags of exuberance. The palate is medium-bodied with taut tannins, underpinned by a keen citric thread that cuts through the licorice-tinged, dark berry and allspice-tinged fruit with style. It is simply delicious on the bittersweet finish. Drink now–2020+.
Rioja, SpainLa Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Reserva is a gorgeous Spanish red wine gem for the ages from one of the top producers in the renowned Rioja wine region. With more than 50,000 casks and 6.4 million bottles stored at any one time, La Rioja Alta S.A. is unique in its ability to supply large quantities of fully mature wines of world class quality. The Bodega was formed in 1890 as a partnership of 5 quality-conscious growers keen to exploit the export potential for well-made 'modern' Rioja. La Rioja Alta has never let standards slip, and continues to this day the tradition of careful long-aging that gives Rioja its unique character. These wines offer a wonderfully complex bouquet, rich flavors, a seductively smooth texture, and are all ready to drink on release. This wine received a 94-point rating from Wine Spectator, 93+ points from Robert Parkers Wine Advocate and a 92-point score from Stephen Tanzer. It is built to age gracefully till at least 2036for those who can wait!La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Reserva is a blend of 80% Tempranillo and 20% Garnacha. It is a brilliant cherry red in color with a gorgeous, complex bouquet. Wild berry aromas predominate, blended with hints of coconut, cinnamon, tobacco and leather. The wine is full-bodied and well structured, with silky and enveloping tannins. Aged for 36 months in 4-year-old American oak barriques, it is well balanced to enjoy now and over the next 25 years. It is long and rich on the finish.Enjoy La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Reserva with roast pork, lamb, grilled steak, paella, and aged cheeses.
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