La Rioja Alta

Viña Ardanza Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend

9.11741 ratings
9.2261 pro ratings
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
Jay Kline

Dark cherry, barnyard.

Dark cherry, barnyard.

Jun 21st, 2018
Septentrio Winery

Great Rioja Reserva! The Grenache and prominence of new American oak are the highlight. Aromas of toasted almond, soft leather and summer plum. Pomegranate, late summer cherry and spice on the palate with a hint of brown spice. Tannins are soft. Best if you’re looking for a white meat pairing as it seems like about 30-50% garnache. Nice little break from all the Tempranillo tannins

Great Rioja Reserva! The Grenache and prominence of new American oak are the highlight. Aromas of toasted almond, soft leather and summer plum. Pomegranate, late summer cherry and spice on the palate with a hint of brown spice. Tannins are soft. Best if you’re looking for a white meat pairing as it seems like about 30-50% garnache. Nice little break from all the Tempranillo tannins

Jun 18th, 2018
Geoff Troup

Sales Eder Brothers, Cellar Fine Wines

9.0

Stellar. Animal fur, burnt wood, forest floor, tannin galore.

Stellar. Animal fur, burnt wood, forest floor, tannin galore.

Mar 18th, 2018
Yianni Stoner

Incredible layers of secondary and tertiary red fruit characteristics. Multifaceted long progression. Really extraordinary

Incredible layers of secondary and tertiary red fruit characteristics. Multifaceted long progression. Really extraordinary

Feb 3rd, 2018
Weijie Shi

Slight funk. Sweet red fruits, liquorice, tobacco leaves with tons of dried rosemary. Silky smooth, beautiful.

Slight funk. Sweet red fruits, liquorice, tobacco leaves with tons of dried rosemary. Silky smooth, beautiful.

Nov 17th, 2017
Beau Carson

Always my favorite Rioja. So savory and tertiary.

Always my favorite Rioja. So savory and tertiary.

Nov 6th, 2017
Christy Canterbury MW

Master of Wine

9.4

Always(!!) happy to have a sip of wine from this bodega. Super savory 2004...bliss. #Rioja

Always(!!) happy to have a sip of wine from this bodega. Super savory 2004...bliss. #Rioja

9 people found it helpfulDec 9th, 2014
Tom Kobylarz

Always a winner and always a great deal. 2015 marks 125 vintages of wine made by La Rioja Alta. Bright red and savory fruit, excellent acidity and fine grain tannin. Elegant plum, cherry, and strawberry spiked with spice, meat and a touch of leather. Refined and mature wine does not get better than this at this price (abt $25). 80% Tempranillo from Rioja Alta and 20% Garnacha (Grenache) from vineyards in the eastern Baja section of #rioja #spain
#reserva #lariojaalta

Always a winner and always a great deal. 2015 marks 125 vintages of wine made by La Rioja Alta. Bright red and savory fruit, excellent acidity and fine grain tannin. Elegant plum, cherry, and strawberry spiked with spice, meat and a touch of leather. Refined and mature wine does not get better than this at this price (abt $25). 80% Tempranillo from Rioja Alta and 20% Garnacha (Grenache) from vineyards in the eastern Baja section of #rioja #spain
#reserva #lariojaalta

5 people found it helpfulOct 4th, 2015
Mike Lee

Beverage Manager/Sommelier Catch Miami

8.8

Soft & round. Fine grain tannins, peppery cherry, ripe raspberry, blackberry & plum, plus a ton of spice in the nose. Nicely transferred to the palate. Seems like a hot vintage.

Soft & round. Fine grain tannins, peppery cherry, ripe raspberry, blackberry & plum, plus a ton of spice in the nose. Nicely transferred to the palate. Seems like a hot vintage.

4 people found it helpfulNov 28th, 2014
Christanna Honer

had this a couple times & find the '04 seems to be very new world-esque. ripe black fruit: cherry, currant and raspberry, as well as an aroma I'll unabashedly call vanilla Dutch masters. Light w/ a creamy, round palate, which is surprisingly more Rioja-like than the nose.

had this a couple times & find the '04 seems to be very new world-esque. ripe black fruit: cherry, currant and raspberry, as well as an aroma I'll unabashedly call vanilla Dutch masters. Light w/ a creamy, round palate, which is surprisingly more Rioja-like than the nose.

2 people found it helpfulMar 17th, 2015