La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Reserva 2015 (750 ml)

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  • JS: 96
  • RP: 94
  • WS: 91

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Tasting Notes and Description

Tasting Notes For La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Reserva 2015

Medium-high intensity, garnet–red with a cherry rim. The nose stands out for its fresh, spicy character, with hints of sweet cherries, redcurrants, and ripe strawberries assembled with notes of black pepper, sweet liquorice, nutmeg, coffee, mocha, and cinnamon. Intense and well-balanced in the mouth, with a soft freshness, nice structure, and delicately elegant tannins. Silky finish, with a good aftertaste, where sweet red fruit and balsamic notes give it a broad ending.

Pair with roasted lamb, red meats, barbecues, large game, spicy fish casseroles, smoked and aged cheeses.

Critic Ratings

James Suckling Review - Rated 96:
A rich nose of raspberry, crushed strawberry, blueberry, coconut, cedar and sweet spice. It’s medium-to full-bodied with fine tannins and fresh acidity. Creamy, balanced and layered with vibrant, spicy character. Long and polished.

Wine Spectator Review - Rated 91:
This smooth red has a balsamic undertone, with dried cherry, herb, tobacco and anise notes mixed with sanguine and woodsy details. A refined, traditional style red. Drink now through 2030.

Robert Parker Wine Advocate Review - Rated 94:
I tasted two vintages of their sleek and polished blend of Tempranillo and Garnacha, the oldest of which is the 2015 Viña Ardanza Reserva. It's a blend of 78% Tempranillo and 22% Garnacha (because they found that they needed a little more volume in the wine) from a powerful, warm and ripe year, very interesting to compare with the 2016. They consider 2015 a very good vintage; they compare it with 2001, a year when they produced all the wines. There are three wines from 2015, and there is something in common in all thee wines. The grapes were picked in mid-October and put through optical sorting to ferment followed by malolactic until the end of the year. The wine matured in used American oak barrels—the Tempranillo for 36 months with six manual rackings and the Garnacha for 30 months with five rackings.

Winery La Rioja Alta - Vina Ardanza Reserva
Country Spain
Region Rioja
Year 2015
Grape Varietal Tempranillo
Size 750 ML
ABV 14.5%
Wine Style Red Wine

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