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Red

2001 La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva 904 Cosecha

Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo more

7/5/2015 - johnstrass Likes this wine: 94 points

A very rich medium-to heavy Rioja mad in the "classical" style. I drank in 2015 this 2001 bottle. The color is still very intense ruby. Nose has characteristic balsamic notes. Very well balanced win. Nice acid. Tannins are still a bit rough but very enjoyable. Long finish

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Red

2004 La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva 904

Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo more

7/4/2015 - Romol Likes this wine: NR

No decant (but i will next time). Pretty good wine, maybe better with more air. Im sure it will improve with a few years in the bottle.
I will try another bottle before i give a rating.

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Red

2004 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva

Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo more

7/5/2015 - nschmidt Likes this wine: 93 points

Drank at Legman's BBQ. Wonderful Rioja that is drinking well right now. All who had it loved it.

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Red

2007 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Alberdi Reserva

Tempranillo more

7/4/2015 - JollyWino Likes this wine: 90 points

Dark, ruby red. Dark fruit and oak on the nose. Moderately high tannins. Somewhat astringent and tart. Rich tasting. Notes of chocolate on the finish. Really excellent.

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Red

2003 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Alberdi Reserva

Tempranillo more

7/4/2015 - imcarthur Likes this wine: 91 points

Ditto my last note on this wine - Big fruit nose with the body to match. Ripe berries that drift towards souring fruit. Long finish - but I upped my rating. A very nice wine.

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Red

2004 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva

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7/3/2015 - olalar wrote: 91 points

Beautiful fruit and impressive complexity. Refined with a long aftertaste. Perpect with sage chicken.

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Red

2005 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva

Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo more

7/3/2015 - df1962 wrote: 93 points

Consistent with previous notes. Great even on a PnP but really likes some breathing time.

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Red

2001 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva Especial

Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo more

7/2/2015 - wabi47 Likes this wine: 92 points

vanilla and oak up front which quickly faded into the background; smoother than i recall; medium body with lovely red fruit and citrus--agree with the blood orange comment from another taster; perfect with the paella at Venga. Still getting better.

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Red

2004 La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva 904 Cosecha

Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo more

7/2/2015 - jww Likes this wine: 90 points

Deep ruby color powerful nose of berries
Big flavor fruity well balanced nice finish classic Rioja reserva

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Red

1985 La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva 890

Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo more

7/1/2015 - RaphaelMalago wrote: 98 points

One of those memorable bottles / experience. Had 3 bottles in 1 month interval and it has alwas succeeded as a memorable bottle. In my view perfectly mature and it would be a waste to keep it longer. Is in such a perfect plateau.

C: clear, medium, garnet. N: clear, intense, dried red fruits, balsamic, tobacco, coconut, spice. Complex, structured palate, silk, velvet. Delicious amazing and complex.

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Red

1994 La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva 904

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6/30/2015 - dbkitc wrote: 95 points

Ruby with a mahogany rim. Sour cherry, rose and dusty earth on the nose with a subtle whiff of oak. Palate is full of life with mature fruit that finishes extremely strong. Silky. Fantastic. A great Rioja that was a steal. (95)

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Red

2004 La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva 904

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6/30/2015 - ProfByron Likes this wine: 92 points

Exotic, deep, oaky Rioja. Immediately impressive even if the oak is currently over the top because there is flavour and substantial depth of fruit here. Breathe the wine for a while and the oak does integrate somewhat, though this is no substitute for years in the cellar.

Higher point when older.

13.5% ABV. Sealed with cork.

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Red

2005 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva

Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo more

6/29/2015 - tychill wrote: 93 points

Just incredible. Phenomenal QPR.

Pretty much everything I look for in Rioja. Leather, fruit, smoke, vanilla all in equal, balanced abundance.

Through all the intensity of these huge flavors, the wine remains light on its feet with great acidity and beautifully integrated tannins.

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Red

2005 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva

Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo more

6/28/2015 - RussK wrote: 91 points

Russk. Everything I like about this producer and in a good vintage. This one is a touch on the rustic side.

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Red

2005 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Arana Reserva

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6/26/2015 - greidy wrote: 91 points

Nice dark and shining, lots of black fruits, including cooked plums, medium body, good balance in the mouse, medium finish. Good wine as usual with this producer.

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Red

2001 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva Especial

Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo more

6/26/2015 - SanderB wrote: 93 points

Garnet with slight bricking. Herbal nose with dill dominant. Needed about an hour to open. Wonderful red licorice, lots and lots of cedar, orange marmalade, with a tartness that holds it together. Dusty raspberry finish. Great place right now.

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Red

2005 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva

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6/26/2015 - Purple Tooth wrote: 92 points

The rave about this bottle was its drinking window. Its on! If drank 2 to 5 years ago, it would have been too tight and if you hold, you might miss out...so start drinking from here till you run out or get tired, but don't let this flower dry out.
Behaves like a Barolo, tastes like a modern Rioja that just can't shake the funk of the terroir off, which makes this a beautiful marriage.
Light Barnyard in the immediate forefront, followed by under ripe cherries, sweet bread spices, and then a wowing sour punch and then the grip kicks in for 30 seconds. Worth every penny, this is a quality, aged red wine!

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Red

2005 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva

Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo more

6/25/2015 - *Vine* wrote: NR

Popped and poured, clear black cherry hue. Subtle berry fruits on the nose are accompanied by earthy aromas of dried mushrooms, tobacco, black tea and stale herbs along with menthol notes and some American oak. As the oak recedes with air, the fruit and menthol notes gain in prominence. Moderate-plus body. Along with flavors which largely mirror the nose, as is often the case with fine Rioja there's also that compelling, immediate freshness and the overall sensation derived from this is one of finesse and refinement. Mild, somewhat chewy tannins on the lengthy close.
Will undoubtedly age for some time but might be showing at it's best right now and over the next 3-4 years.
Splendid QPR in Rioja, highly recommended.

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Red

2004 La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva 904

Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo more

6/25/2015 - pmilne wrote: 90 points

Very bright nose of tart cherries, sandalwood, and basalmic. Tastes are very similar to the nose, with some sweet herbs and menthol/eucalyptus surfacing. Then the acidity really kicks in and lets you know it's there. Medium and very dry finish after the acidity is predominately the tart cherries again. Complex and playful for the most, but I found the acidity a little overbearing.

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Red

2005 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva

Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo more

6/20/2015 - greidy Likes this wine: 92 points

Rioja Alta - super reliable winery, always good and no failures…
This specific wine has medium body, black fruits, nice wood and chocolate… Long and balanced finish with silky tannins. Helps to make Saturday a special day...

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Red

2004 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva

Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo more

6/22/2015 - Old School Fan wrote: 83 points

Very, very odd bottle of Ardanza. It was certainly off -- extremely oaky and almost no fruit. I suspect it was slightly corked as I know cork taint can manifest itself by killing fruit without its usual "damp basement" characteristic, but I'm not 100% convinced at this point.

I'm a bit concerned about La Rioja Alta wines in general. Of a recent case of Vina Alberdi 2007, I'd say 5-6 bottles showed similarly -- very oaky vanilla and coconut and almost no fruit. They were actually very unpleasant. Now, I've tasted a similarly odd bottle of Ardanza. I've drunk too much great Ardanza (and Alberdi) so I know these bottles aren't typical, but I've had too much bad LRA lately.

I did not mark this as "flawed" even though I am almost certain it is, because I'd like any feedback from others on what I've been experiencing with LRA.

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Red

2008 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Alberdi Crianza

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6/22/2015 - pavel_p Likes this wine: 91 points

Two glasses at Restaurante Hofmann in Barcelona. I liked this Crianza much more than the Tondonia, CVNE and Lan Reservas on the previous days. Beautifully fragrant nose with much more red fruit, a fair bit of oak on the palate but not overdone and well integrated, bright and clear red fruit, medium finish. A really nice wine, and a great lunch.

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Red

2001 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva Especial

Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo more

6/21/2015 - jeffreylubowski Likes this wine: 92 points

5th bottle in several years. I served this to my friends blind at a party. It changed all throughout the night in the decanter. Vanilla and American oak followed by sweet cherry and blood orange. Long finish. Traditional rioja that most got blind. Will last for decades. A special wine.

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Red

2005 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Arana Reserva

Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo more

6/21/2015 - EricLi wrote: 91 points

You are not get something much more interesting than this one for $25. It starts out full of alcohol. Oak gradually creeps in as it balances out. But you do need to be patient for it mellow. 1 hour decant is a must and I would actually recommend 2 hour. Medium body. Dry cherry and fine tannins on palate. Good with or without food.

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Red

2004 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva

Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo more

6/20/2015 - Alberta66 Likes this wine: 91 points

V: medium weight almost opaque, some bricking along edge
N: leather and wood
T: not much fruit left, a bit dry on finish when first opened. However came into its own w steak on a warm summer evening.

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