La Rioja Alta

Viña Ardanza Reserva Especial Tempranillo Blend

9.2317 ratings
9.367 pro ratings
La Rioja Alta, La Rioja, Spain
Tempranillo Blend
Duck, Pasta, Beans & Peas, Goose, Chili & Hot Spicy, Exotic Spices, Game, Baking Spices, Herbs, Mushrooms, Hard Cheese, Turkey, Pork, Salami & Prosciutto, Tomato-Based, Venison, Pungent Cheese, Soft Cheese, Onion, Chicken, Veal, Paella
Top Notes For
Josh Morgenthau

Killer. Perfume is outta control. Musky, briny, fruity, leathery. Very well balanced, traditional palate that’s masculine while maintaining feather lightness. Drinking wonderfully now but should only get better as the oak integrates with time. I’m planning to stock up and try to forget about this for another five years. This is a steal.

Killer. Perfume is outta control. Musky, briny, fruity, leathery. Very well balanced, traditional palate that’s masculine while maintaining feather lightness. Drinking wonderfully now but should only get better as the oak integrates with time. I’m planning to stock up and try to forget about this for another five years. This is a steal.

May 9th, 2020
Max Reichwage

The unanimous tasting group favorite, seemless, silky smooth tannins, Tempranillo and garnacha at their best

The unanimous tasting group favorite, seemless, silky smooth tannins, Tempranillo and garnacha at their best

Feb 3rd, 2018
Dana Bonelli

Stellar. Really in a fine moment though I would advise drinking vs holding. Was ready when it was released so it's lost a touch of fruit.... But still gorgeous.

Stellar. Really in a fine moment though I would advise drinking vs holding. Was ready when it was released so it's lost a touch of fruit.... But still gorgeous.

2 people found it helpfulFeb 7th, 2016
Paul T- Huntington Beach

Great steak wine,

Great steak wine,

1 person found it helpfulMay 16th, 2020
Adam Crane

Blind. American oak told the story. Burgundy shaped bottle threw me off!

Blind. American oak told the story. Burgundy shaped bottle threw me off!

Nov 26th, 2015
Brad Hemmer

Very lively acidity has helped keep this fresh and tasting great! Wood chips, forest floor, vanilla, still good fruit. Soft on the palate, smooth and easy to drink.

Very lively acidity has helped keep this fresh and tasting great! Wood chips, forest floor, vanilla, still good fruit. Soft on the palate, smooth and easy to drink.

Nov 13th, 2015
Denis Roudenko

17.5/20 (94/100)

Цвет умеренный, рубиновый, с легким охристым нюансом. Аромат красных ягод, вишни, немного красного яблока, минеральные тона теплого камня, тонкая замша, полный, на вяленых ягодах. Вкус умеренно полный, кожа, замша, красные ягоды, вишня. Акцент на кожу.

17.5/20 (94/100)

Цвет умеренный, рубиновый, с легким охристым нюансом. Аромат красных ягод, вишни, немного красного яблока, минеральные тона теплого камня, тонкая замша, полный, на вяленых ягодах. Вкус умеренно полный, кожа, замша, красные ягоды, вишня. Акцент на кожу.

Aug 15th, 2015
Alex Miller

CFO Golden State Wine Co./Europvin USA

9.6

Wow. Gorgeous as expected.

Wow. Gorgeous as expected.

Jul 3rd, 2015
Matt Ryan

Really good stuff. Lots of cedar and vanilla.

Really good stuff. Lots of cedar and vanilla.

Jan 26th, 2015
Jason Rzutkiewicz

Wine Blogger Jason's Wine Blog

9.1

No turkey day disappointment here. This one continues to deliver for me...

No turkey day disappointment here. This one continues to deliver for me...

Nov 28th, 2014