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La Rioja Alta,Viña Ardanza

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Region: Rioja
Vintage: 2004
Grape Varieties:
Tempranillo 80% Garnacha 20% Colour: Red Wine
Alcohol Level: 14.5%
Production Style: Conventional
Closure: Natural Cork

Availability: Out of stock


Bottle Size: 750ml bottle
Wine Comments
'The 2004 Vina Ardanza is a blend of 80% Tempranillo and 20% Garnacha from 30-year-old vines in Fuenmayor and Cenicero. It is aged for 36 months in four-year-old American oak. It has a very enticing bouquet with dark cherry, Christmas cake, dried fig and espresso with fine delineation and bags of exuberance. The palate is medium-bodied with taut tannins, underpinned by a keen citric thread that cuts through the licorice-tinged, dark berry and allspice-tinged fruit with style. It is simply delicious on the bittersweet finish. Drink now-2020+. 93/100'. Neal Martin, Wine Advocate

The Domaine
A Spanish legend steeped in tradition, La Rioja Alta is a company that was founded in 1890 – long before the borders of the Rioja region were demarcated and the Denominación de Origen was established. Today, they are at the cutting edge of winemaking technology but still adhere to their traditional philosophy of getting an excellent base wine high in fruit, tannin and acidity, achieved by hard viticultural work. This is followed by a long and carefully calculated maturation in American oak during which fine, sophisticated aromas and fl avours build up without a sniff of oxidation. We have had the privilege to specially select from their deep, cool cellars our own label Rioja Reserva that spent two years in oak cask where it accumulated delicate scents of vanilla, fl avours of cinnamon spice and sweet black cherry.

“One of the World’s Nine Most Trustworthy Wineries”
Food and Wine Magazine - 2013 F&W Wine Guide

“Quite simply, these are some of the finest Riojas that can grace your cellar.”
Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate

“I would not be surprised if it eventually was labeled Reserva Especial, it is that good. Deep purple in colour, it exhibits an enticing bouquet of Asian spices, balsamic, tobacco, and black cherry. On the palate, it effortlessly combines power and elegance. It should easily evolve for 10-15 years and drink well for 20-30 years. Given the modest price at release, it seems foolish for lovers of traditional Rioja not to invest in a case. Drink from 2010-2040.”
93+ points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

Food Pairing
This wine goes well with ham, mature cheeses, red meat, all kinds of roast meat and game casseroles.