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La Rioja Alta Viña Ardanza Reserva 2008 Wine Review

La Rioja Alta Viña Ardanza Reserva 2008

La Rioja Alta Viña Ardanza Reserva 2008

Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain

Community Score:95/100

Community Reviews: 2

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Price: $47.95

Drink: 2018-2023

Bottle size: 750 ml

Alcohol: 13.5%

Sweetness: Extra Dry

Wine Type: Red Wine


Winery: La Rioja Alta

Agent: John Hanna & Sons Limited

More Vintages: 2007  2004  2004  2001 

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The spectacular 2007 vintages of Viña Ardanza Reserva is drinking beautifully right now! This is a robust Spanish red wine blend of mostly Tempranillo grapes and 20% Garnacha. This winery was established in 1980 and is celebrating 125 vintages of winemaking. Aromas of tanned leather, violets, spice and dried fruit. Perfect for lamb in rosemary. Highly recommended. MINE: Viña Ardanza Reserva (XXXX) is a blend of old-vines Tempranillo and Grenache from the Rioja Baja. OTHER: Andrew Bernardo rated this wine as 94/100 with the following review: This wine is mind-blowing, featuring lots of cherry, leather, herbs, beef jerky, tobacco and wood. Still so fresh and elegant. Pair with grilled lamb. 94 points. (www.ottawawinejournal.com). OTHER: : Vintages for Viña Ardanza seem to be going fast. It seems like yesterday that the 2001 was released and now the 2008 Viña Ardanza is already here. This is the first vintage when they have been able to use the fruit from their new Garnacha vineyards in the village of Tudelilla (Rioja Baja), La Pedriza, which represents 20% of the blend complementing the majority of Tempranillo. The wine was put in barrel in March 2009, separately; the Tempranillo was in four-year-old barrels for 36 months with six rackings, and the Garnacha in second and third use barrels for 30 months with five rackings. Vintages might go fast, but the wine does not feel too young, which was my fear. There are notes of stewed meat, cured leather, cloves, other spices and an overall balsamic character. The palate feels solid, consistent, nicely built, with abundant tannins and good balancing acidity. This should stand up to food and be able to develop in bottle. Drink Date: 2017-2023. Score - 93 (Luis Gutiérrez, robertparker.com, Aug. 30, 2016). - Community Wine Reviews

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