La Rioja Alta

Viña Ardanza Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend

9.1377 ratings
9.135 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
Tobin Trevarthen

Served with lamb chops. Raisins. Figs. Pencil shavings nose.

Served with lamb chops. Raisins. Figs. Pencil shavings nose.

Jan 1st, 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
Benny Riccardi

My go to for a bigger wine. Plum and good juicy tannin and I enjoy all the interesting oak.

My go to for a bigger wine. Plum and good juicy tannin and I enjoy all the interesting oak.

Sep 28th, 2017
Joseph Rosin

Dry, smooth

Dry, smooth

1 person found it helpfulAug 13th, 2016
Sipping Fine Wine

From 30-year old vines. 80% Tempranillo and 20% Garnacha. Tempranillo spent 36 months on 4-year old American oak, Garnacha spent 30 months on 2-year old American oak, bottled in 2011, released, fall of 2015. Vivid Ruby with red fruit aromas, spices and earthy notes. The palate revealed a complex structure with full ripe fruit, cherry and raspberry with some vanilla, mocha and tobacco notes. The finish had typical Rioja earthy mineral flavor, silky tannins and a long ending. Will continue to improve! Nice!

From 30-year old vines. 80% Tempranillo and 20% Garnacha. Tempranillo spent 36 months on 4-year old American oak, Garnacha spent 30 months on 2-year old American oak, bottled in 2011, released, fall of 2015. Vivid Ruby with red fruit aromas, spices and earthy notes. The palate revealed a complex structure with full ripe fruit, cherry and raspberry with some vanilla, mocha and tobacco notes. The finish had typical Rioja earthy mineral flavor, silky tannins and a long ending. Will continue to improve! Nice!

1 person found it helpfulAug 5th, 2016
Jean-Phillippe Landry

So big and soft, lovely

So big and soft, lovely

1 person found it helpfulJul 2nd, 2016
Ben Riefe

Deep blackberry vanilla oak smoke. Best bottle we've opened recently

Deep blackberry vanilla oak smoke. Best bottle we've opened recently

1 person found it helpfulMay 27th, 2016
Stephen Krill

Oak and vanilla to start, into dark, rich fruits.

Oak and vanilla to start, into dark, rich fruits.

1 person found it helpfulMay 15th, 2016
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