Red

2001 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva Especial

Tempranillo Blend

  • Spain
  • La Rioja
  • La Rioja Alta
  • Rioja
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Community Tasting Notes 842

  • James Kim Likes this wine: 92 points

    September 14, 2019 - From memory. Decanted for 1h then back into bottle and drank over 3h. Lovely rich blackberries and barely ripe plums, tobacco, mushrooms, earth, and herbs with still a hint of dill. Balanced by nice acids. Drank well and becoming more balanced with greater depth as the night wore on.

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  • rhit wrote:

    September 14, 2019 - Now firmly out of an energetic phase, but very open and beautifully rich with sour cream, dill, cedar flavors and sweet fruit. Delicious, and gives the impression that it’ll stay like this for a bit.

  • honest bob wrote: 91 points

    August 27, 2019 - From 75cl, excellent cork, decanted 1 hour, continued to improve until final drop. I think recent TN scores are inflationary, but there is no doubt that this bottle is a model of loveliness, a fully-mature, silky-smooth, red-fruited, not-too-heavily-american-oaked dream of traditional Rioja. Gorgeous, but let's remember that there are still brighter stars in the 2001 LRA firmament (904 / 809) and other superb 2001s (Ygay Historic Vintage, Tondonia Gran Reserva) which are still to be released, and will surely stake out the mid-90s range more exactly. 91P

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  • CWilliam wrote: 94 points

    August 26, 2019 - PNP and paired with grilled lamb chops.

    Red/brown color with a fair amount of fine sediment - showing it's age. Very savory, beautiful, nose - sweet tobacco, saline, meat, iron, dried cherry and all-spice. Palate had similar complexity and flavor profile. High acidity, medium tannins and very long finish. Probably my favorite Rioja. 94+/-

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  • alanh13 wrote:

    August 25, 2019 - Served with beef bourguignon, decanted one hour. This was delicious. Classic Rioja aromas of oak, dill and olive. It was quite spicy too. Went really well with the food. Lots of life left in this.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    6/28/2012 (link) 92 points

    (La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva Especial) Bricking dark red violet color; appealing, dried berry, fruitcake, baked black fruit, licorice nose; mature, silky textured, baked berry, baked plum, prune, licorice palate; medium-plus finish 92+ points

  • By Richard Jennings
    5/2/2011 (link) 89 points

    (La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva Especial) Mature, plum, dill, oak nose; mature, light-medium bodied, plum, black fruit palate; medium-plus finish

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  • By Chris Kissack
    February 2008 (link) 17 points

    (La Rioja Alta Viña Ardanza Rioja Reserva Especial) The 2001 Viña Ardanza Reserva Especial from La Rioja Alta is 80% Tempranillo, largely sourced from the Viña Ardanza estate in Fuenmayor, in the Rioja Alta district; what doesn't come from here is derived from other Rioja Alta vineyards. The balance is Garnacha, sourced from Ausejo and Tudelilla in Rioja Baja. The fruit was fermented in stainless steel, regulated to 28ºC, and malolactic was complete before transfer into American oak in March 2002. The wine was racked every six months before eventual bottling in September 2005. This lengthy élevage shows through in the wine today which, although rich in pigment, with a very dark hue especially at the core of the wine, is showing the mature tones of age and time spent in wood. And yet aromatically this wine remains painfully youthful - to my nose at least, as I enjoy Rioja with a great more deal age than this wine has at present - with firm and vibrant notes of redcurrant and cranberry, white pepper, thyme, rosemary and blackcurrant, the fruit character suggestion of a rich substance rather than anything lean or bright. Certainly evocative and aromatic, and there are certainly some vanilla and chocolate-mint aromas from the oak flexing their muscles here, although these oaky notes are well-matched the fragrant fruit now, and will undoubtedly fade with time. It has a surprisingly cool and well-framed style at the start of the palate, but is also rich and showing plentiful substance. But there is still a precise and surprisingly stony grip to it, with softer honeyed substance towards the end of the palate, revealing plenty of peppery spice here also. An elegant style, but with a firm and energy-charged finish, I've no doubt this is going to do extremely well in the cellar, especially as it has quite some length to it in the finish.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2001
  • Type Red
  • Producer La Rioja Alta
  • Varietal Tempranillo Blend
  • Designation Viña Ardanza Reserva Especial
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country Spain
  • Region La Rioja
  • SubRegion La Rioja Alta
  • Appellation Rioja
  • UPC Codes 8413529821087, 8413529822084, 890841002031

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 61 (0%)
  • In Cellars 7,002 (49%)
  • Consumed 7,303 (51%)

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Community Recommendations

Aged Gouda, beef, charcuterie, could be longer. Time to drink., creative edge caterers, ei tarvi mitään, Elegant, garlic bread, Had with prime rib prepared in a smoker with mushroom/wine sauce, hearty wine that would stand up to hearty beef and lamb dishes.

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