La Rioja Alta

Viña Ardanza Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend

9.11765 ratings
9.2269 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
Liz Hale

Tasty, needed a decant. Green pepper, fennel, wood.

Tasty, needed a decant. Green pepper, fennel, wood.

Oct 24th, 2018
Severn Goodwin

Tasty Rioja at the best tapas place in all of Durham, NC...Great pair with roasted pig tail with root vegetables and 35 day dry-aged ribeye!

Tasty Rioja at the best tapas place in all of Durham, NC...Great pair with roasted pig tail with root vegetables and 35 day dry-aged ribeye!

Oct 16th, 2018
Jordan Wardlaw

Always exceptional. I really admire the 2009 but I would prefer some of the vanillin/coconut American oak character to be a bit more woven into the overall picture. Pure red fruit aromas, exotic cedar and spice, sweet tobacco and a hint of balsamic herb. The freshness and silky tannins are delightful, just wait a few years for the aromatics to come together and resolve some of the younger parts. It’s going to be special.

Always exceptional. I really admire the 2009 but I would prefer some of the vanillin/coconut American oak character to be a bit more woven into the overall picture. Pure red fruit aromas, exotic cedar and spice, sweet tobacco and a hint of balsamic herb. The freshness and silky tannins are delightful, just wait a few years for the aromatics to come together and resolve some of the younger parts. It’s going to be special.

Sep 19th, 2018
Lyn Farmer

Medium garnet with a pronounced aroma of cedar, vanilla, raspberry and cherry. On the palate, high acidity and medium tannins, with oaky notes of butter, dill, cedar and vanilla with some pleasant cherry and cinnamon in the background. Long finish. Very good.

Medium garnet with a pronounced aroma of cedar, vanilla, raspberry and cherry. On the palate, high acidity and medium tannins, with oaky notes of butter, dill, cedar and vanilla with some pleasant cherry and cinnamon in the background. Long finish. Very good.

Aug 23rd, 2018
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
Tobin Trevarthen

Easy to drink. Dark cherry, molasses. Leather. Brown around the edges.

Easy to drink. Dark cherry, molasses. Leather. Brown around the edges.

Mar 16th, 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 (Jay)

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