La Rioja Alta "Viña Ardanza" Reserva Rioja (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1280087

This "non-vintage" Ardanza is likely early to mid-70's and going off of that, from my experience it should be reliably delicious! Dried red cherries, sweet and savory spices and sous bois are typical notes in these delicious older bottlings of Viña Ardanza. Having enjoyed a vertical of Viña Ardanza spanning from the exquisite 1964 through the best of the 70's, 80's and 90's, I can say with the utmost in confidence that this is one of the most consistent bottles of Rioja around. (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish wine buyer)

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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 Penèdes 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.
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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 12