La Rioja Alta

Viña Ardanza Reserva Selección Especial Tempranillo Blend

9.176 ratings
9.19 pro ratings
La Rioja Alta, 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
Eric

Consistent notes. 2010 really comes into its own after an hour.

Consistent notes. 2010 really comes into its own after an hour.

Jul 3rd, 2020
Elizabeth

Red cherries, spices, smoke and vanilla on the nose. Cherries, dried spices and pepper on the palate, with smoke, wood and earth. Nice rounded acidity, m- tannins. Quite elegant and round.

Red cherries, spices, smoke and vanilla on the nose. Cherries, dried spices and pepper on the palate, with smoke, wood and earth. Nice rounded acidity, m- tannins. Quite elegant and round.

May 30th, 2020
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. A great vintage, Ruby with nose of red fruit, cedar and earthy notes. The palate shows cherry and raspberry with some vanilla, mocha and smoky tobacco notes. Well developed. The finish had an extraordinary Rioja earthy mineral flavor, silky tannins and a long ending. 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. A great vintage, Ruby with nose of red fruit, cedar and earthy notes. The palate shows cherry and raspberry with some vanilla, mocha and smoky tobacco notes. Well developed. The finish had an extraordinary Rioja earthy mineral flavor, silky tannins and a long ending. Nice!

Apr 15th, 2020
Allison Lyzenga

Medium garnet; pronounced intensity aromas of ripe blackberry, black plum, red plum, black cherry, pomegranate, cedar, vanilla, cloves, earth; dry, medium acid, medium ripe tannins, medium alcohol, medium plus body, pronounced intensity flavors consistent aromas; long finish, smooth and integrated, outstanding

Medium garnet; pronounced intensity aromas of ripe blackberry, black plum, red plum, black cherry, pomegranate, cedar, vanilla, cloves, earth; dry, medium acid, medium ripe tannins, medium alcohol, medium plus body, pronounced intensity flavors consistent aromas; long finish, smooth and integrated, outstanding

Mar 12th, 2020
Will Stanley

Second time trying this and more time on this occasion to study it.

In short, this is an exceptional traditional style Rioja that has a long life ahead.

How it looks - deep ruby red but hints of brick orange at edge already.

How it sniffs - leaping out of the glass. This is an unmistakably traditional rioja with plenty of oxidative oaky aroma married with dried red fruit and savoury meat.

How it tastes - oddly, this tasted more youthful and vivacious on the second night, whereas on the first (with no decant) it seemed slightly more mellow and reserved. No doubt, this is more towards the traditional side of Rioja with ten years of age and not dissimilar in style to a Tondonia. I have more hope this time however for the longevity of the wine. This has acidity to last years. Tannins are fine grained and in some sense mellow, but there’s so much going on with the palate to make this well worthy of extended cellar time. It is racy, vivacious and exceptionally well put together with plenty of red fruit, dried meat, savoury and vanilla notes. The finish is long, dry and exemplary of a harmonious, perfect Rioja.

Will leave now for a few years!

Second time trying this and more time on this occasion to study it.

In short, this is an exceptional traditional style Rioja that has a long life ahead.

How it looks - deep ruby red but hints of brick orange at edge already.

How it sniffs - leaping out of the glass. This is an unmistakably traditional rioja with plenty of oxidative oaky aroma married with dried red fruit and savoury meat.

How it tastes - oddly, this tasted more youthful and vivacious on the second night, whereas on the first (with no decant) it seemed slightly more mellow and reserved. No doubt, this is more towards the traditional side of Rioja with ten years of age and not dissimilar in style to a Tondonia. I have more hope this time however for the longevity of the wine. This has acidity to last years. Tannins are fine grained and in some sense mellow, but there’s so much going on with the palate to make this well worthy of extended cellar time. It is racy, vivacious and exceptionally well put together with plenty of red fruit, dried meat, savoury and vanilla notes. The finish is long, dry and exemplary of a harmonious, perfect Rioja.

Will leave now for a few years!

Feb 22nd, 2020
Saida Santana Margalef

2010 vintage

2010 vintage

Dec 22nd, 2019
Will Stanley

What a beauty. Worlds apart from the 2009 (both wines brilliant in their own right) but this 2010 Seleccion Especial is a much more elegant wine, showing more characteristics of age and less of the aggression shown by its predecessor. I think if anything the 2009 should be longer lived - this is brilliant now and no doubt will be for years to come but it doesn’t have the youthful exuberance of the ‘09. Still, a beautiful Rioja that will provide many years of enjoyment.

What a beauty. Worlds apart from the 2009 (both wines brilliant in their own right) but this 2010 Seleccion Especial is a much more elegant wine, showing more characteristics of age and less of the aggression shown by its predecessor. I think if anything the 2009 should be longer lived - this is brilliant now and no doubt will be for years to come but it doesn’t have the youthful exuberance of the ‘09. Still, a beautiful Rioja that will provide many years of enjoyment.

1 person found it helpfulDec 26th, 2019
Kevin Coup

Warm and comfortable. Dark cherries up front, licorice and leather on the finish. It's got some legs, good with a meal or sipping by the fire.

Warm and comfortable. Dark cherries up front, licorice and leather on the finish. It's got some legs, good with a meal or sipping by the fire.

1 person found it helpfulDec 5th, 2019
Rafael Perez Jr.

Rafael had this a year ago

Rafael had this a year ago

1 person found it helpfulNov 30th, 2019
Kelly Velez

Kelly had this a year ago

Kelly had this a year ago

1 person found it helpfulNov 30th, 2019