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 858

  • johnmfedorko wrote:

    February 20, 2020 - Getting a little iffy....cork always seems to fail.

  • fjd1960 wrote:

    February 15, 2020 - Gave as a gift to Osorio’s

  • Herschel Krustofski Likes this wine: 92 points

    February 12, 2020 - Coravin sample from a bottle that was professionally stored with the Wine Society for 7 years or so; recently retrieved.
    Classic aged Rioja nose, red fruit with rather bright cranberry, orange peel notes that I usually find in the Ardanza. Acidity is evident but not excessively so after breathing. Still best with food.
    15 minute decant is essential, maybe a little more (my sample's aeration was enhanced because I filtered it with a coffee filter to avoid any trace of floating sediment that I get with a standard/vintage Coravin needle; I've yet to try the multi-hole strainer-like needle).
    Holding on nicely and certainly much better than the bottle that languished in the flat the last two years and lost a bit of edge - some wines survived the heatwave stored in north facing room but a few clearly suffered. Not enough wine fridge space in the flat - all reserved for Coravin-accessed wines that become much more sensitive to temperature variation when gas/liquid ratio increases (because gas will expand more, increasing pressure). Even if you start with a noble-gas like Argon, temperature and pressure fluctuations could allow oxygen in (when a warm bottle cools down). Here endeth the physics lesson.

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  • Lordswood wrote: 88 points

    January 27, 2020 - Pop'n'Pour. The first impression was a wave of acidity followed by a wave of reddish fruits, strawberries mxed in with something darker. Once the two came together the whole became very moreish. But probably best to have this with food.

    Absolutely no rush to drink, in my opinion!

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  • Paul D wrote: 93 points

    January 24, 2020 - From Magnum. Medium/deep garnet. Nose shows creamy red fruit, vanilla, coconut, dill. Quite a lot of oak. Medium/full bodied, waves of lovely ripe strawberry fruit, quite rich and broad but with lovely contrasting acidity, soft tannins, touch of orange peel on the long, harmonious finish. Lovely and more to come in this format

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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 94 (1%)
  • In Cellars 6,956 (48%)
  • Consumed 7,481 (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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