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 822

  • maxima wrote: 89 points

    April 17, 2019 - Encore pas mal boisé et empyreumatique.
    On va attendre encore un eu pour les autres!

  • Alexroy wrote: 94 points

    April 6, 2019 - After a couple of hours this starts to open up. Still young and fresh, tight structure. Bright fruit, raspberry, long. Beautiful structure, lovely wine.

    3 people found this helpful
  • Geoffy Likes this wine: 95 points

    March 30, 2019 - Per my previous notes, but.....Took the 2nd half, night 2 down my to local to share with wine enthusiasts. They were blown away, and now get all the fuss about fine wine. To be honest, I got bored with all the flavours/aromas they were calling out (only joking) but came away delighted that they had experienced that life-changing wine moment. Brilliant!

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • ricard Likes this wine: 95 points

    March 27, 2019 - A classic in every sense. And yet another example of the vintage of the century so far in Rioja. Superb nose of truffles, leather, tobacco, vanilla ice cream. Velvety, soft, pillowy and luxurious. Stewed fruit compote with cinnamon (blackberries, prunes). Beautifully long and sensual finish. An absolutely lovely wine. The 20% Garnacha gives lift and structure to the Tempranillo.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • Budie Does not like this wine:

    March 3, 2019 - Skunked

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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

Winedoctor

  • 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 62 (0%)
  • In Cellars 7,097 (50%)
  • Consumed 7,139 (50%)

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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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