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La Rioja Alta Tempranillo Blend Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva Especial 2001

Winemaker's Notes:

"The current release is the 2001 Reserva Especial, a deeply colored wine with a lovely perfume of cinnamon, lavender, incense, balsamic, and black cherry. Medium-bodied, velvety-textured, and already complex, it will continue to evolve for another 5-10 years and offer a drinking window extending from 2016 to 2036. For those seeking immediate gratification, it has the virtue of being approachable now...94" WA 06/10

Editorial Reviews for La Rioja Alta Tempranillo Blend Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva Especial

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065217,167
4.50 5
12/12/2011

Light and elegant on the nose. Vanilla oak topped layers of leather, medicinal, minty, chalky and teriyaki dried beef elements accent a bright core of wild cherry. Smooth and rich in the mouth, this is powerful yet not that large. The berry fruit, both fresh and dried, is accented by earth and spice notes. A fine bitter cherry element drives the moderately long finish. This is brilliant, layered, structured, faceted and transparent. It’s about as good as it gets. 94pts


Member Reviews for La Rioja Alta Tempranillo Blend Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva Especial

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Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,198
4.50 5
07/14/2012

Blue and black fruit notes on the nose along with a complex aromas of cinnamon, balsamic reduction, black cherry and lavender. Medium bodied, showing some nice age with flavors of earthy, dusty blue and black fruit with some suggestions of red berries as well. Light hints of truffle, coffee and a savory quality. Really drinking nicely! 92 pts. 7/14/12


Snooth User: cabluvr
74295145
2.00 5
01/19/2012

Disappointing. Closed nose, woody when it began to open. On the palate, the fruit was severly masked by the oak and herb flavors.


Snooth User: notintheira
63584310
4.00 5
11/30/2010

It doesn't get much better than this in an affordable bottle of wine (€13-€14 in Madrid), but it all depends on what you're looking for. If you're chasing new oak, gobs of fruit and concentrated power, this won't be for you. This is one of the most classic, elegant wines from Spain. It's got everything: depth, distinct flavors, classy and dusty red- and black-berry fruit that's mellowed beautifully with its years in barrel and in bottle, nice balancing acidity, and an evocative nose that suggests, well, maybe the wine knows something that you don't. If you put it in a tasting with other Riojas, I suspect it would "lose" (whether against super-oaked-modern-styled Riojas or even the same producer's Viña Ardanza, also a terrific, if different, wine). Then again, if you threw it in as a ringer with some 1er cru Nuits-St-Georges from a riper year like '99, well, that would be an interesting comparison. But why bother. This is a delicious wine that doesn't strive to impress--it does have traditional American oak, and this is just how they make it, year in, year out. Once you open this, you're just going to want to keep drinking it until the bottle is empty, as will your guests, so stock up.


Snooth User: heloman54
8754710
5.00 5
01/18/2009

Really good wine for the price.


Snooth User: Patricklarmer
961008105
3.50 5
10/26/2011

Three and a half glasses


External Reviews for La Rioja Alta Tempranillo Blend Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva Especial

External Review
11/18/2011

Glänzendes Kirschrot mit orangen Ansätzen. In der Nase kräftiges und komplexes Aroma mit einer Pflaumennote, etwas Kirsche und Zimt. Am Gaumen sehr harmonisch, seidige Tannine, gute Struktur und Körperreich, sehr elegant, langer Abgang. Der Ardanza ist der Inbegriff eines klassischen Rioja.


External Review
05/31/2011

Dunkles, intensives Kirschrot. Vielf


External Review
01/10/2013

The current release is the 2001 Reserva Especial, a deeply colored wine with a lovely perfume of cinnamon, lavender, incense, balsamic, and black cherry. Medium-bodied, velvety-textured, and already complex, it will continue to evolve for another 5andndash;10 years and offer a drinking window extending from 2016 to 2036. For those seeking immediate gratification, it has the virtue of being approachable now.


External Review
05/31/2011

Dunkles, intensives Kirschrot. Vielfältige, kräftige Aromen. Er ist körperreich und hat einen würzigen Geschmack.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

The current release is the 2001 Reserva Especial, a deeply colored wine with a lovely perfume of cinnamon, lavender, incense, balsamic, and black cherry. Medium-bodied, velvety-textured, and already complex, it will continue to evolve for another 5ndash;10 years and offer a drinking window extending from 2016 to 2036. For those seeking immediate gratification, it has the virtue of being approachable now.


External Review
08/05/2010

Kirschrot mit starken Goldreflexen. Kräftiges, komplexes Aroma, stark und ausgeprägt. Im Mund erweist er sich als schöner, fertiger Wein, lebendig und vollkommen, mit viel Zukunft.


External Review
05/11/2011

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Tasting Notes:

Medium-high cherry red robe, with orange tinted tones on the edge of the glass, clear and brilliant. Intense and complex to the nose. Wild berry aromas predominate, blended with hints of coconut, cinnamon, tobacco and leather. Full-bodied and well structured to the palate, with silky and enveloping tannins. Long after-taste acquired from its lengthy time in bottle, where its elegant bouquet gains in intensity. This Viña Ardanza continues to evolve without losing its traditional qualities.

"The current release is the 2001 Reserva Especial, a deeply colored wine with a lovely perfume of cinnamon, lavender, incense, balsamic, and black cherry. Medium-bodied, velvety-textured, and already complex, it will continue to evolve for another 5-10 years and offer a drinking window extending from 2016 to 2036. For those seeking immediate gratification, it has the virtue of being approachable now...94" WA 06/10

Dietary Information: Organic

Wine Specs:

Total Acidity: 6.2 grams per liter

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