La Rioja Alta

Reserva Viña Ardanza Rioja Tempranillo Garnacha

9.12507 ratings
9.2363 pro ratings
La Rioja, Spain
Tempranillo, Garnacha
Lamb, Tomato-Based, Polenta, Hard Cheese, Pork, Beef, Pasta, Mushrooms, Soft Cheese, Chicken, Venison, Exotic Spices, Potato, Turkey, Beans & Peas, Herbs, Baking Spices, Pungent Cheese, Duck, Salami & Prosciutto, White Rice, Chili & Hot Spicy, Lasagna, Pizza, Barbecue, Mexican Cuisine, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Paella
Top Notes For
Adam Kincaid

This will please some garnacha fans, though I can’t say it’s my ideal Reserva blend. 78% Tempranillo and 22% garnancha, which seems like way too much. Has a sweaty sock aroma that blends with some cherry and vanilla flavors. Almost like a tart cherry pie. The cherry flavors continue throughout with some chocolate and a bit of caramel. Round and silky, and seems loosely structured. Just slightly less dimensional than I would want.

This will please some garnacha fans, though I can’t say it’s my ideal Reserva blend. 78% Tempranillo and 22% garnancha, which seems like way too much. Has a sweaty sock aroma that blends with some cherry and vanilla flavors. Almost like a tart cherry pie. The cherry flavors continue throughout with some chocolate and a bit of caramel. Round and silky, and seems loosely structured. Just slightly less dimensional than I would want.

Nov 13th, 2022
Victor Charcan

Red and dark fruit, cherries, chocolate, orange peel, coffee. Oak very well handled, discreet (thought it more prominent in the past). Present tannins. A beauty

Red and dark fruit, cherries, chocolate, orange peel, coffee. Oak very well handled, discreet (thought it more prominent in the past). Present tannins. A beauty

Nov 8th, 2022
Steven Gullo

From Magnum. Opens up quickly with a very complex nose of tobacco, leather, warm spices. The American oak is certainly present with dill and toasted coconut. In a very good spot to drink now. Paired nicely with Easter Lamb!

From Magnum. Opens up quickly with a very complex nose of tobacco, leather, warm spices. The American oak is certainly present with dill and toasted coconut. In a very good spot to drink now. Paired nicely with Easter Lamb!

Apr 14th, 2022
Ronald Heijden

Lovely nose with vanilla and mocha. Young fruit jumps from the glass with every sip. Round in the mouth with nice acid. Still young.

Lovely nose with vanilla and mocha. Young fruit jumps from the glass with every sip. Round in the mouth with nice acid. Still young.

Jun 9th, 2021
Andrew Holod

National Sales Grapes of Spain

9.3

Drunk w Christmas Eve dinner 2020 of roasted eye of round, porcini gravy, mash etc.
Medium plus ruby. Forest-y aromas of almond tinged cherry, violets. Wife claims noticable Am oak, but I don't really feel it here (bottle age?) Acidity is high. This feels like it could easily go another 20 years.

Drunk w Christmas Eve dinner 2020 of roasted eye of round, porcini gravy, mash etc.
Medium plus ruby. Forest-y aromas of almond tinged cherry, violets. Wife claims noticable Am oak, but I don't really feel it here (bottle age?) Acidity is high. This feels like it could easily go another 20 years.

Dec 25th, 2020
Matt Perlman

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.

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.

Aug 10th, 2020
Spencer T. Hess

2008 Vina Ardanza 1.5ml

This wine has aged gracefully in the double bottle. Still has nice fruit and freshness from the Grenache. The 2008 is the first vintage the garnacha is 100% estate fruit. A decent amount of American oak and oxidation makes this Rioja easy and fun to drink. 7/3/20

2008 Vina Ardanza 1.5ml

This wine has aged gracefully in the double bottle. Still has nice fruit and freshness from the Grenache. The 2008 is the first vintage the garnacha is 100% estate fruit. A decent amount of American oak and oxidation makes this Rioja easy and fun to drink. 7/3/20

Jul 4th, 2020
Peter Sultan

An old trusted friend, a special year too. It’s not just the Gorgeous black fruits, or the perfect oak monster integration, or the balance-it’s really the lift & freshness that elevates this into one of my favorites, period. With some age it has also shedded some of its monolithic early character too. Love to taste in another five to seven years. Oh, & a remarkable value for about 28$ at its lowest price.

An old trusted friend, a special year too. It’s not just the Gorgeous black fruits, or the perfect oak monster integration, or the balance-it’s really the lift & freshness that elevates this into one of my favorites, period. With some age it has also shedded some of its monolithic early character too. Love to taste in another five to seven years. Oh, & a remarkable value for about 28$ at its lowest price.

May 23rd, 2020
Will Stanley

First time drinking Viña Ardanza. Chose this 2009 to try before the highly anticipated 2010 Reserva Especial. This is so youthful at the moment and will doutbless improve with age (and plenty of it). There’s a prominence of oak & tannin now that sets it up well for the long haul. Medium bodied with plenty of acidity and a lasting finish. Was brilliant with a fatty sirloin. A great example of modern Rioja that should age well - and a promising forerunner to the 2010.

First time drinking Viña Ardanza. Chose this 2009 to try before the highly anticipated 2010 Reserva Especial. This is so youthful at the moment and will doutbless improve with age (and plenty of it). There’s a prominence of oak & tannin now that sets it up well for the long haul. Medium bodied with plenty of acidity and a lasting finish. Was brilliant with a fatty sirloin. A great example of modern Rioja that should age well - and a promising forerunner to the 2010.

Dec 14th, 2019
Jonathan Wall

Toasty. Caramel. Well balanced. Soft tannins. Good young. A winner!

Toasty. Caramel. Well balanced. Soft tannins. Good young. A winner!

Dec 11th, 2019