La Rioja Alta

Viña Ardanza Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend

9.11595 ratings
9.2238 pro ratings
La Rioja, Spain
Tempranillo Blend
Top Notes For
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

8 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
Christanna Honer

This has got some serious power and weight. Too much wrapped up tightly, maybe needs a decant or some more bottle time.

This has got some serious power and weight. Too much wrapped up tightly, maybe needs a decant or some more bottle time.

1 person found it helpfulApr 9th, 2016
Saman Hosseini

Writer Maison Abattoir

9.1

Stunning balance savory meaty notes, incense, rich red fruit, bright acidity, and velvety tannins. More complete and multidimensional than the 2005. Very compelling wine at this price point.

Stunning balance savory meaty notes, incense, rich red fruit, bright acidity, and velvety tannins. More complete and multidimensional than the 2005. Very compelling wine at this price point.

1 person found it helpfulFeb 2nd, 2016
Christy Canterbury MW

Master of Wine

9.3

Thoroughly enjoyed sipping the new vintage. A bit young & pent-up but already showing lovely, soft tannins.

Thoroughly enjoyed sipping the new vintage. A bit young & pent-up but already showing lovely, soft tannins.

1 person found it helpfulDec 30th, 2015
Matty Wicksteed

Manager The Wine Cellars

9.0

80%Temp20%garnacha
Bruised red strawberry & raspberry fruit, elegant, herbal notes, tea leaf with very light balsamic and decaying fruit character. In the mouth the wine excels with dried red fruit backed up by serious tannins and plenty of acidic lift to keep it fresh and exciting but more food friendly.

80%Temp20%garnacha
Bruised red strawberry & raspberry fruit, elegant, herbal notes, tea leaf with very light balsamic and decaying fruit character. In the mouth the wine excels with dried red fruit backed up by serious tannins and plenty of acidic lift to keep it fresh and exciting but more food friendly.

1 person found it helpfulSep 5th, 2015
Denis Roudenko

17/20 (92/100)

Цвет рубиновый, умеренно полный. Сначала животинка и кожа, затем спелая сладкая вишня, потом кожа, чуть сладковато, ваниль, замша. Тело умеренно плотное, танины умеренные, чуть суховатые, не вполне готовые. Вкус полный, ягоды, кожа. Довольно высокая кислотность. Послевкусие суховатое, долгое.

17/20 (92/100)

Цвет рубиновый, умеренно полный. Сначала животинка и кожа, затем спелая сладкая вишня, потом кожа, чуть сладковато, ваниль, замша. Тело умеренно плотное, танины умеренные, чуть суховатые, не вполне готовые. Вкус полный, ягоды, кожа. Довольно высокая кислотность. Послевкусие суховатое, долгое.

1 person found it helpfulAug 15th, 2015
Brian Donegan

2004

1 person found it helpfulNov 3rd, 2014