La Rioja Alta

Viña Ardanza Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend

9.129 ratings
9.28 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
Corey Zamora, CSW

Does this winery ever do wrong? So tasty, and fresh as a daisy. Terrific for the price!

Does this winery ever do wrong? So tasty, and fresh as a daisy. Terrific for the price!

Feb 13th, 2019
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
Beau Carson

Always my favorite Rioja. So savory and tertiary.

Always my favorite Rioja. So savory and tertiary.

Nov 6th, 2017
Samuel Tay

Wow, so complex with age. The palate is just as smooth as a baby tempranillo, but with a depth of spices and leather.

Wow, so complex with age. The palate is just as smooth as a baby tempranillo, but with a depth of spices and leather.

Feb 15th, 2019
Steve Mitchell

A nice Rioja.

A nice Rioja.

Jan 14th, 2019
L Bram

Stunning. Absolutely stunning. Velvety smooth, beautiful rounded fruity flavour balancing the earth but subtle smokey flavour. I would drink this ever single week if I could. The most beautiful Rioja I will probably ever have. Served it NYE with Lamb.

Stunning. Absolutely stunning. Velvety smooth, beautiful rounded fruity flavour balancing the earth but subtle smokey flavour. I would drink this ever single week if I could. The most beautiful Rioja I will probably ever have. Served it NYE with Lamb.

Jan 5th, 2019
Jason Keefer

Fantastic, a lot going on! Earthy, smoky wood, lush, bright, dark fruits, a bit sour on the finish but just helps stretch out the finish. Age has treated it nicely but has structure to go for many years!

Fantastic, a lot going on! Earthy, smoky wood, lush, bright, dark fruits, a bit sour on the finish but just helps stretch out the finish. Age has treated it nicely but has structure to go for many years!

Dec 27th, 2018