La Rioja Alta

Viña Ardanza Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend

9.236 ratings
9.22 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
Vanessa

Catching up on my March Issue of Decanter, which, among other things, celebrates the wines of Spain from regions such as Rioja, Toro, Rias Baixas, Alicante, Manchuela, Valencia, and Jumilla. 🍷🍷🍷 This Issue reminds me of how much I have yet to explore in this country. 🇪🇸 It inspired me to have a glass of Rioja made from the Tempranillo and Garnacha (Grenache) grapes.

👁 This wine has a medium ruby hue with garnet rim variation. 👃 It has a medium intensity of developing aromas. 👄 Aroma and flavor notes are concentrated and include black cherry, red currant, plum sauce, violet, black licorice, anise, balsamic vinegar, black olive, sweet tobacco, leather, cedar, nutmeg, vanilla, clove, earth, and peat. This wine has medium acidity, medium tannins, high alcohol, and a medium(+) finish. It’s complex; it has finesse.

This wine is from La Rioja Alta, S.A., Viña Ardanza, Reserva 2012, with an ABV of 14.5%. This wine is predominately Tempranillo (78%), coming from 30-year-old vines, which is blended with Garnacha (Grenache) (22%). It has extended American oak aging.

I have tried numerous wines from this producer – La Rioja Alta, S.A. – and have loved them all.

Catching up on my March Issue of Decanter, which, among other things, celebrates the wines of Spain from regions such as Rioja, Toro, Rias Baixas, Alicante, Manchuela, Valencia, and Jumilla. 🍷🍷🍷 This Issue reminds me of how much I have yet to explore in this country. 🇪🇸 It inspired me to have a glass of Rioja made from the Tempranillo and Garnacha (Grenache) grapes.

👁 This wine has a medium ruby hue with garnet rim variation. 👃 It has a medium intensity of developing aromas. 👄 Aroma and flavor notes are concentrated and include black cherry, red currant, plum sauce, violet, black licorice, anise, balsamic vinegar, black olive, sweet tobacco, leather, cedar, nutmeg, vanilla, clove, earth, and peat. This wine has medium acidity, medium tannins, high alcohol, and a medium(+) finish. It’s complex; it has finesse.

This wine is from La Rioja Alta, S.A., Viña Ardanza, Reserva 2012, with an ABV of 14.5%. This wine is predominately Tempranillo (78%), coming from 30-year-old vines, which is blended with Garnacha (Grenache) (22%). It has extended American oak aging.

I have tried numerous wines from this producer – La Rioja Alta, S.A. – and have loved them all.

1 person found it helpfulMar 12th, 2021
Sipping Fine Wine

From 30-year old vines. 80% Tempranillo and 20% Garnacha (no ‘11 made b/c Garnacha wasn’t great). Tempranillo spent 36 months on 4-year old American oak, Garnacha spent 30 months on 2-year old American oak. Ruby with nose of red fruit, cedar and floral citrus notes. On the palate flavors of cherry, currant and orange peel with vanilla, cacao and tobacco notes. Well developed, fine tannins, long finish ending with earthy mineral flavor. Very Nice!

From 30-year old vines. 80% Tempranillo and 20% Garnacha (no ‘11 made b/c Garnacha wasn’t great). Tempranillo spent 36 months on 4-year old American oak, Garnacha spent 30 months on 2-year old American oak. Ruby with nose of red fruit, cedar and floral citrus notes. On the palate flavors of cherry, currant and orange peel with vanilla, cacao and tobacco notes. Well developed, fine tannins, long finish ending with earthy mineral flavor. Very Nice!

1 person found it helpfulFeb 26th, 2021
Ashley Shelor

Felt light texturally.
Very drinkable without food

Felt light texturally.
Very drinkable without food

1 person found it helpfulJan 10th, 2021
Michael Amoruso

Fresh forest feel, violets, pencil shavings juicy new black plums. Could go 15 more years.

Fresh forest feel, violets, pencil shavings juicy new black plums. Could go 15 more years.

Sep 27th, 2021
Rob N
9.3

This wine is unbeatable for the price ($34.99). Some nice bottle age and secondary characteristics, yet acidity remains. Cheers.

This wine is unbeatable for the price ($34.99). Some nice bottle age and secondary characteristics, yet acidity remains. Cheers.

Sep 21st, 2021
Alvaro Bustillos

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Aug 8th, 2021
Rob N
9.5

This wine is drinking extremely well. Possibly the best Spanish wine I have had, especially at the price point (~$40). It’s balanced: some fruit but not too sweet; some flint or smoke but not too tannic. Really enjoyable.

This wine is drinking extremely well. Possibly the best Spanish wine I have had, especially at the price point (~$40). It’s balanced: some fruit but not too sweet; some flint or smoke but not too tannic. Really enjoyable.

Jun 4th, 2021
Steve McDonald

Wonderful, mature yet still lively.

Wonderful, mature yet still lively.

May 1st, 2021
Carter White

Very oaky, but when it calmed down on day 2, the fruit and acid shined through.

Very oaky, but when it calmed down on day 2, the fruit and acid shined through.

Apr 23rd, 2021
Alexandre Pagliano

First time we had it, a gift from a friend. Dark rubi color, black fruits and flowers on the nose, very sweet tanins and medium body. Great wine at the price point.

First time we had it, a gift from a friend. Dark rubi color, black fruits and flowers on the nose, very sweet tanins and medium body. Great wine at the price point.

Jan 17th, 2021