2000 La Rioja Alta "Viña Ardanza" Reserva Rioja 1.5L

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90 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "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." (Feb. 2008) 90 points from Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Fading medium-red color. Cherry-vanilla, tobacco and dried raspberry on the nose, with subtle baking spices, cedar and herbs adding complexity. Suave red fruit flavors are sweetened by vanillin oak spices and gently propped up by silky tannins. An understated wine that's sure to be dismissed by those who find ostentation in wine a virtue, but this will work wonderfully with grilled or braised meats, or not-so-strong cheeses. And the length of this Rioja is pretty sneaky." (Jul/Aug '08)

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By: Joe Manekin |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/13/2010  | Send Email
My favorite Rioja right now in our entire inventory, in magnum! Also a favorite of many people I run into in the wine world...This is bright, tangy red fruits with abundant acidity make this a star candidate for drinking right now, but it will likely improve for at least another decade.

By: Chiara Shannon |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/22/2010  | Send Email
Notes from the 750ml: The addition of a good dose of Garnacha in the Vina Ardanza adds structure and depth, and makes for a wine with a more prominent and darker fruit profile than their Vina Alberdi, which is traditionally 100% Tempranillo. The nose reveals a complex bouquet of fruit and spice aromas interlaced with the more developed, savory aromas that I have come to love about good Rioja with some bottle age. Though mature now, still-ripe flavors of raspberry and blackberry support the developing dried fruit, caramelized nuts, and earthy flavors on the palate. This is a wine that is perfect to enjoy now, but the firm tannins and long finish indicate that it will continue to evolve for a few more years in bottle.

By: John Majeski |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/22/2010  | Send Email
Notes on the 750: Founded in 1890 by five families of deeply passionate wine growers, La Rioja Alta is one of the most iconic bodegas of Rioja, and its delicate, exquisite wines rarely fail to captivate and enthrall. Situated in the historic town of Haro with neighbors that include Bodegas Muga and López Heredia, this winery has maintained strong traditional roots while implementing new technology when necessary to enhance quality. The 2000 Viña Ardanza Reserva is a classic rendition, having spent up to three years in older oak barrels before release. The result? A prismatically elegant, perfectly-aged wine redolent of cured tobacco, crushed raspberries and sweet spice, achieving an ideal balance between fruit and acidity. Complex, layered and superbly nuanced, the Ardanza will dictate what to serve with it, not the other way around, although I might suggest a pork tenderloin.

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Varietal:

Tempranillo

- A very important red grape varietal that's native to Northern Spain, grown across the north and central regions of the country. Low in acid and alcohol, with subtle strawberry, leather and tobacco notes, the grape responds well to oak aging and plays particularly well with others. Tempranillo is an important component, when combined with Garnacha, Mazuelo, Viura and Graciano, of Rioja, with the best examples coming for the cooler, higher-elevation regions like Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa. It is also grown in significant quantities in the Ribera del Duero where it is called Tinto Fino and Penčdes where it is called Ull de Llebre o Ojo de Llebre. Tempranillo hasn't gained a particularly strong foothold outside of Spain, achieving some success under the name Tinto Roriz in Portugal. There it is used as a component of Port and in the table wines of the Ribera del Duero and the Dão.
Country:

Spain

- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.
Sub-Region:

Rioja