Upon opening it had a very old world Bordeaux like nose, however after just a few moments of air the oak and vanilla moved forward and it took on a somewhat new world feel. After an hour of air it opened up into an elegant Rioja with nice fruit and structure and age polished tannins.
Agree with all reviews calling for time after opening. PnP in restaurant led to underwhelming first glass. As dinner progressed the acidity and fruit came out, pairing very nicely with the Riojan lamb I was eating. More time in bottle probably not a bad idea either, but it was certainly enjoyable now by the last glass.
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(La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva) Bricking medium dark red violet color; appealing, dried berry, black tobacco, dill, iodine nose; dill, iodine, dried black fruit, black tobacco, salty dried prune palate; medium-plus finish 90+ points (3 yrs in oak)
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