#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.
"Cedar, tobacco and spice hints frame dried cherry, berry and vanilla notes in this silky red. The flavors mingle nicely,
framed by juicy acidity and light but firm tannins. The wine has a lovely, weightless intensity. A fine example of the
"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.
The Wine Advocate
"Vivid ruby-red. Suave, spicy red fruit preserve and potpourri scents are complicated by notes of vanilla, licorice and mocha. Sappy, focused and energetic, offering sweet raspberry and cherry-cola flavors that are given lift by juicy acidity. Impressively pure and penetrating on the finish, which leaves floral pastille and smoky mineral notes behind."
International Wine Cellar
Rich & Creamy
Best Rioja I've ever had...what a gem! Smooth yet complex with this amazing chocolatey finish. I'm usually a Napa Cab drinker but this will certainly be added to my collection. So delicious that you almost want to enjoy it alone but would be amazing with lamb/steak or some rich French cheese. Heavenly wine choice, you can't go wrong...SHOCKED that there are any bad reviews of this wine at all.
5 stars because of the low, low price for a wine of this quality.
Earth & Spicy
Have to admit, at first taste I wasn't quite sure about this one. Originally was going to give it 4 stars. After letting it sit a few minutes, I was won over. It's very smooth. Maybe a bit spicier than most Tempranillos, But still very good. I purchased the 6 bottle max and look forward to enjoying them all.