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
"The 2000 Reserva Vina Ardanza has 25% Garnacha blended with the Tempranillo. Light to medium ruby, it delivers an enticing bouquet of cedar, spice box, leather, forest floor, black cherry, and blackberry. This leads to a ripe, moderately dense wine with complex flavors and excellent balance. Drink this tasty effort through 2015.
La Rioja Alta continues to be one of the benchmarks for traditionally produced Rioja. What the wines may lack in power, they make up for in finesse and complexity. The winery has just released its first “modern-styled” Rioja, called Marques de Haro, and it is a success."
The Wine Advocate
La Rioja Alta is one of my benchmarks for traditional styled Rioja. Delicate rose petal and balsamic spice, a beautiful light ruby color, great acidity, but full of intensity. Shares some characteristics with aged Nebbiolo - but with the American oak influence. Very complex, especially for the price.