La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Reserva Especial 2001
Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 13.2%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Medium-high cherry red robe, with orange tinted tones on the edge of the glass, clear and brilliant. Intense and complex to the nose. Wild berry aromas predominate, blended with hints of coconut, cinnamon, tobacco and leather. Full-bodied and well structured to the palate, with silky and enveloping tannins.
Long after-taste acquired from its lengthy time in bottle, where its elegant bouquet gains in intensity. This Viña Ardanza continues to evolve without losing its traditional qualities.
"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."
The Wine Advocate
"The wine was lovely. It was quite full-bodied, yet classically supple and fresh, with bright cherry fruit accented with mineral, licorice and smoke notes. I rated it 92 points, non-blind, and reflected that—at the highest levels of quality, such as Pingus and Ardanza, and given some age—somehow modern and traditional began to resemble each other in true and lovely ways."
"Deep red. Sexy, intensely perfumed bouquet of ripe raspberry and cherry with suggestions of potpourri, sandalwood and vanilla. Shows more power and darker fruits on the palate, picking up a touch of singed plum that adds a serious quality to the sweet black raspberry and cherry flavors without costing the wine any of its vibrancy. The long, sweet finish hangs on with very good tenacity."
International Wine Cellar
Earthy & Spicy
Very robust flavorful red! Excellent, long finish. Must decant or let breathe for 30 mins or so.
This Wine, I Drink, With Relish
The best wine I ever had from Spain!!!
Really nice but have had others by this maker that were cheaper and better.
Drink it is beguining to go acid.....
Smooth & Supple
I'm just getting into wine tasting, my husband and I belong to two wine tasting groups...so with that said and limited experience we really like this one best. Light, smooth,nice finish. I quickly order 3 more and plan on showcasing one in the future.
Smooth & Supple
I purchased this a few weeks ago after wine.com sent a recommendation. My first concern was when I opened the box and noticed a bit of wine leaking from the foil. I opened the wine that night and the cork tried to crumble on me. I managed to get it out clean but expected the worst. I was surprised to find the wine in still decent condition. Silky smooth with a beautiful perfume on the nose. Refined with rose petals and earth on the palate. That being said, based on condition of arrival I probably won't try again. I think I got lucky based on another review from about the same time.
Read Asimov's NY Times Review. The bottle I tried was complex yet mellow and balanced. However, I did not find great finesse and flavors that linger, unless they were flavors that did not appeal to me.
Earthy & Spicy
We only opened one bottle, but the cork looked good and it was way past it's prime. I wonder when the reviews were from.
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On the 10th of July 1890, five families shared their passion for wine and founded La Rioja Alta, S.A. That day was the start of an ongoing searching for excellence that their descendants still pursue nowadays. Since then we have managed to get the best from the marriage of our tradition in wine ageing and the state-of-the-art technology in grape fermentation. Nowadays we are an...
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Grape that Reigns in Spain
Most often associated with Spain,
is the backbone of wines made in the well-known Spanish regions
del Duero. On the scale of light to heavy, Tempranillo lands towards the light
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