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Date Printed: 5/23/2015
La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Reserva 2004
La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Reserva 2004
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Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 5/23/2015: $29.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
1996 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
1995 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1994 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
1990 Wine Spectator rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

#22 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2013

Clean, bright dark-cherry red of medium depth with a pink rim. Notably expressive nose with spicy notes of coffee, chocolate, vanilla and cloves and fine wood aromas against a background of ripe dark fruit. It is a well-structured, balanced wine with a lively, enticing freshness that combines with polished tannins to fill the mouth with pleasurable sensations. Long aftertaste, marked by the subtlety of a brand whose traditional elegance, complexity and aromatic power are particularly enriched in this vintage.

An excellent wine to accompany charcoal-grilled meat, roasts, small game, medium-aged cheeses, Iberian cured sausages, etc.

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About La Rioja Alta:

Always evolving quality, elegance, innovation, evolution... They are the pillars on which the five founding families erected our winery in 1890 and built a way of living, feeling and producing wines of the highest quality that continue to evolve subtly, perfectly adapting to new tastes. This is how the permanent pursuit of excellence started; a pursuit that continues into the 21st century with identical enthusiasm. We draw the best from our winemaking tradition and wisdom —our own cooperage, manual racking, long ageing periods, etc.— and combine it with the most modern winemaking technology. Today, our wines are an international exemplar of the great wines of Rioja and our brands are present in the best restaurants across all continents.