Vina Ardanza

La Rioja Alta

Viña Ardanza Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2010

Deep rusty colored thick legged red with sun-ripened blackberry, tart cherry, cocoa powder, summer herbs, and hints of pie spices on the nose. Ripe blueberries, blackberry pie, bittersweet chocolate, and kirsch with hints of mushroom powder, cloves, and bacon fat on a lingering finish. Very nice, great value — 14 days ago

M. Chapoutier

Les Varonniers Crozes-Hermitage Syrah 2009

Animally, meaty, dark, smokey and brooding - on the nose at least. Opened up after an hour’s decant and was far more rounded on the second night. Has that classic piercing Syrah quality that seems to swamp one’s airways - and plenty of barnyard funk for some time after opening.

On the palate it’s quite mellow, enveloping, beautifully rounded, medium bodied, with just enough acidity and tannin to give it life. I’d love to have tried this five years ago when I feel like it would have had the power to better impersonate a Hermitage. But, no doubt, it’s superb now.

Interestingly (to me!) I actually found this quite hard to distinguish between a decent Rioja. It is very similar in many ways to La Rioja Alta’s Viña Ardanza. Both in the fruit and the presence / quality of oak. The only difference lying perhaps in richness and depth of fruit.

Overall, a beauty of a wine - one of the appellation’s finest.
— 5 months ago

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La Rioja Alta

Viña Alberdi Reserva Rioja Tempranillo 2008

Saman Hosseini
9.0

Viril and enchanting; a wine that conjures all sorts of stereotypes of Spain, the jamon, the flamenco, catholic processions, Hemingway, wineskins, and bull fights. While the Ardanza possesses more focus and freshness, this Alberdi is more evolved and flamboyant. Incense, cigar box, cola, hung game and blood, black cherry, and salubrious acidity and tannins. — 5 years ago

La Rioja Alta

Viña Ardanza Reserva Selección Especial Tempranillo Blend 2010

Punches so far above it’s weight, it’s not even funny. Unmistakably Rioja Alta. Black fruit, stewed plum, spice. So delicious right out of the bottle and even more so with an hour of air time. — 16 days ago

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La Rioja Alta

Viña Ardanza Reserva Especial Tempranillo Blend 2010

Delectable is fickle at times. Writing a review and somehow doesn’t store and save it. So second attempt a day later. Vibrant pie cherry notes up front, integrated oak tannins with strong vanilla notes (American oak?!) gave it good balance and a lingering finish. Limited depth. — a month ago

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La Rioja Alta

Gran Reserva 904 Rioja Tempranillo Graciano 2005

Rachel Merriam
9.5

'81-2005 La Rioja Alta Arana, Ardanza, 904, 890 — 5 years ago

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I love that you just rated the whole line up. So lazy. So brilliant
Rachel Merriam

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@Alex Alan so. much. work. I already hand wrote notes now you're telling me I need to write them on here? NO. You say lazy, I say efficient.
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Actually...I said lazy AND brilliant

La Rioja Alta

Viña Ardanza Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2010

Lots of big cherry and red fruit on nose. A little “hot” for 13.5% alcohol wine and thought was heavy oak and it felt closed off at first but opened up nicely after 1 hour. Look forward to drinking it again tomorrow to see how it develops. Well made. — 4 days ago

La Rioja Alta

Viña Alberdi Reserva Tempranillo 2007

Ardanza not Alberdi. Overdelivers per usual. Dark, plush, smooth, very well integrated structurally. You def have to be into American oak but beyond that you’ll find cherries, raspberry jam, leather, cloves, balsamic, truffle, earth and mocha. — a month ago

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La Rioja Alta

Viña Arana Gran Reserva Rioja Tempranillo 2010

New labeling for the Ardanza, & I do like it. We drank this back to back with the Alberdi. The blue black fruit is gorgeous & the balance is outrageous. 28$ so well spent It makes me want to cry. — 10 months ago

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Agreed, classy redesign.

Maysara Winery

Jamsheed Pinot Noir 2008

Ear to ear. Smile. Shout. This richness and suavete fares well among its peers: vina ardanza, maysara, gros nore and meiomi. Thanks of a lifetime to all those obsessive wine-makers. — 6 years ago