Viña Ardanza Reserva 200175cl
Viña Ardanza Reserva 2015
|Type Of Wine:||red wine|
|Vintage:||2001 Other vintages|
|Appellation:||Rioja (La Rioja, Spain)|
|Cellar:||La Rioja Alta|
|Volume:||75cl Other volumes|
|Grapes:||Garnacha, Tempranillo, Granacha|
Description of Viña Ardanza Reserva 2001
Viña Ardanza Reserva 2001 (Garnacha, Tempranillo and Granacha)
CATA NOTES: Viña Ardanza Reserva 2001
- View: cherry red, clean and bright, high middle layer, a nascent iodine tinge to the edge of the cup.
- Nose: intense, spicy and balsamic aromas, coconut, vanilla, cinnamon, mint chocolate, delicate notes of dried fruits of underbrush.
- Mouth: structured, balanced, silky tannins and envelopes, friendly and sophisticated aftertaste.
BODEGA: La Rioja Alta.
GRAPES: 80% Tempranillo, 20% Red Grenache.
AGEING: 36 months in American oak barrels 3 years old, 6 manual decanting and bottling in 2005.
PREPARATION: alcoholic fermentation in steel tanks for 14 days, plus 21 days malolactic fermentation.
ALCOHOL CONTENT: 13.5%
How to serve
On July 10, 1890, five Basque and Rioja-based vine growers created "Sociedad Vinicola De La Rioja Alta" in what is known as the Haro Station District. This was the beginning of a fascinating business venture in which the only dream of the five founders was to craft and age high-quality wines.More about the Winery
The 2001 Vina Ardanza Reserva Especial is a blend of 80% Tempranillo and 20% Garnacha from their vineyards in Fuenmayor and Rioja Baja respectively and it represents only the third vintage to be declared after 1964 and 1973. Aged in American cask for 36 months, it has a bucolic, natural bouquet of bright red cherries, balsamic, mint and a touch of dried honey all with superb delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with wonderful delineation and supple, lithe tannins. The acidity is very well judged and it leads to a pert, tense finish of bitter cherry, loganberry and licorice. This is an outstanding wine drinking perfectly now, but it should age effortlessly. Drink now-2030. La Rioja Alta formed part of my “classic Rioja” day that included Lopez de Heredia and Muga, the triumvirate of wineries in Haro all but a minute’s stroll from each other (which would have been fine, but for the spontaneous downpours). I have admired their wines for many years, Rioja that speaks so eloquently and with such clarity of their place. La Rioja Alta was founded in the town of Haro in 1890. They own 450 hectares of vineyard from which their entire portfolio is sourced, predominantly Tempranillo complemented by Graciano, Mazuelo and Garnacha. Another tenet is their use of American rather than French oak. The wood is cured for two years outdoors before being shaped and hammered into barrels at their own cooperage. Although the estate owns vines in Ribera del Duero and Rias Baixas (to be covered in later reports) I focused upon recent releases from their two Rioja lines: Torre de Ona and of course, La Rioja Alta itself. Quite simply, these are some of the finest Riojas that can grace your cellar: complex, refined, classic but without compromising fruit intensity and to reiterate: wines that speak about where they come from.View more