La Rioja Alta Viña Ardanza Reserva 2007

$32.99

SKU 02851

750ml

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Outstanding, medium-high depth, dark-cherry red with an intense pinkish rim. Very intense to the nose, with outstanding spicy aromas of black pepper, cloves, cinnamon and vanilla enveloping fine notes of red berries. In the mouth, we enjoy a pleasant structure, balanced acidity and delicate, enveloping tannins. Broad finish, with a round, elegant aftertaste. A Viña Ardanza which assures many years of enjoyment and will pair with all kinds of meat stews, roasts and grilled red meat.
Category Red Wine
Varietals
Country Spain
Region Rioja
Brand La Rioja Alta
Alcohol/vol 13.5%
  • wa94

Wine AdvocateThe 2007 Viña Ardanza Reserva is a blend of Tempranillo with 20% Garnacha, the Tempranillo from 30-year-old vineyards La Cuesta and Montecillo in the villages of Fuenmayor and Cenicero, and the Garnacha from old head-pruned vines at 600 meters altitude in Tudelilla, in Rioja Baja, from plots next to their Finca La Pedriza. Those should soon be mature enough to go into the wine (they were planted in 2004 and they will make it into the Ardanza blend from 2007-2008). The grapes are fermented separately with natural yeasts and the Tempranillo then matured in American oak barrels averaging four years old for 36 months, while the Garnacha matured in second- and third-use American oak barrels for 30 months. The nose is very fresh, with notes of beef blood, iron, cherries in liqueur, some subtle leather and spices plus notes of autumn forest and truffles. The palate is more lively and has some tannins that would feel better integrated with some food or a little bit of time in bottle It was bottled in November 2011. This will be released around September/October 2015, so by the time it hits the shelves it will be more polished. Great value for money. 600,000 bottles were produced.

Luis Gutierrez, April 29, 2015
  • we90

Wine EnthusiastDry, leathery, slightly nutty aromas are more earthy than fruity. This mature Rioja is fresh and light on the palate, with leafy, spicy flavors of plum, tobacco and wood grain. Spicy berry and cocoa flavors grace a fading finish. Drink now.

Michael Schachner, June 1, 2016
  • ws88

Wine SpectatorTar, tobacco and tea flavors give this red a savory character, but the core of dried cherry keeps this balanced and lively. Focused and firm. Drink now through 2018. 45,000 cases made.

Thomas Matthews, August 31, 2015