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 872

  • Cochon74 Likes this wine:

    July 24, 2020 - Classic rioja... this wine exhibited all the textbook traits in the nose and on the palate. There was a bit more of an oak presence than I expected, but it was harmonious.

    The tannins had resolved almost entirely, and the fruit, while still present and somewhat bright, had married with the secondary traits so the overwhelming impression was of balsamic roasted strawberries served on a leather plate

    Balance, poise, and gusto all come together in this bottle. Drink now, or hold for a few more years - while I think it’s done developing in the bottle, it doesn’t seem to be in danger of fading.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • WetRock wrote:

    July 5, 2020 - Still big and somewhat brash. The wood is still prominent of course but it's integrating nicely with the fruit. They seemed to be playing off one another. Very expressive and showing plenty of complexity. The nose and palate are lively and precocious. There is some tartness that made me wonder about tartaric additions. It's not way out of balance give the expression of the fruit now but it certainly seemed more tart than a red should be. On the second night this went more subtle showing some more mature leather and balsamic notes. I enjoyed this quite a bit. Really good but don't put it in front of wood-o-phobes. It is a classic Rioja in most respects.

    5 people found this helpful Comment
  • Veg Likes this wine:

    July 5, 2020 - This is just fantastic now. Smooth as anything with lovely vanilla notes.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • Rhone Rick Likes this wine: 93 points

    June 30, 2020 - Just amazing!! Drink them now, but you will love them. Faded berries, tobacco and leather. Smooth, subtle with a long finish. Slight sour note as it is aging, otherwise flawless.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • johnmfedorko wrote:

    June 26, 2020 - Bret's favorite wine of the evening (3rd bottle drank)

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  • By Sarah Jane Evans MW
    La Rioja Alta Masterclass, 2/29/2020 (link)

    (La Rioja Alta, Viña Ardanza Reserva Especial, Rioja, Spain, Red) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Richard Hemming MW
    5/25/2017 (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    11/24/2012 (link)

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  • By Richard Hemming
    5/4/2012 (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    10/7/2011 (link)

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  • By Josh Raynolds
    September/October 2010, IWC Issue #152 (link)

    (La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Reserva Especial Rioja) Subscribe to see review text.

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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 79 (1%)
  • In Cellars 6,855 (47%)
  • Consumed 7,709 (53%)

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Community Recommendations

beef, Lamb, Paella, Aged Gouda, charcuterie, could be longer. Time to drink., creative edge caterers, ei tarvi mitään, Elegant, garlic bread

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