2005 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva

Tempranillo Blend

  • Spain
  • La Rioja
  • La Rioja Alta
  • Rioja
Drink between 2014 - 2022 (Edit)
CT91.3 586 reviews

Community Tasting Notes 353

  • wrote: 92 points

    September 16, 2021 - Tasted after 2001 Ardanza Reserva Especial. A bit more intensity to the nose. Firmer, brighter on the palate, a little less generous and smooth with slightly less depth and length. 91-93

    3 people found this helpful Comment
  • vewheeler wrote:

    September 5, 2021 - Silky smooth and drinking nicely but this has so much more to give still.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • JayP Likes this wine: 89 points

    August 30, 2021 - Still rather undecided re this wine. This bottle was better than recent but still 'nice' rather than stunning. Cork extracted in just about 1 piece.

  • wrote: 92 points

    June 24, 2021 - From magnum. Sweet fruit, vanilla, spices, orange peel on the open and layered nose. Nicely balanced on the palate, good acidity, lots of fruit, mellow tannins, but good overall structure, depth and length. Delicious. Slowly drink or keep, especially from magnum. 91-93

    4 people found this helpful Comment
  • forceberry wrote: 90 points

    June 19, 2021 - A blend of Tempranillo (80%) form 30-yo vines and Garnacha (20%) from old vineyards planted at high altitudes in La Rioja Baja. Fermented and macerated in stainless steel, aged in stainless steel tanks until May 2006. The Tempranillo wines were aged for 36 months in American oak barriques averaging 4 years old and the Garnacha wines were aged for 30 months in 2nd and 3rd use American oak barrels. Blended and bottled in July 2009. 13,7% alcohol, 1,6 g/l residual sugar, 6,2 g/l acidity and pH 3,56.

    Moderately translucent, dark cherry-red color. Contrasting the somewhat closed 2004 vintage that was tasted alongside, this wine felt more expressive and solar in quality with sweet-toned aromas of sunny cherries and strawberries, some sweet oak spice, a little bit of vanilla, light oxidative notes of meat stew, a hint of dill, a touch of dried figs and a whiff of new leather. The wine feels ripe, quite open-knit and silky on the palate with a full body and sunny, somewhat sweet-toned flavors of leather, wizened figs and ripe dark plums, some vanilla tones, a little bit of oxidative meat stew, light toasty notes of sweet oak spice and a hint of juicy strawberry. The overall feel is balanced and round, but also a bit soft for an Ardanza, thanks to the moderately high acidity and ripe, well-behaved tannins that contribute more to the texture than to the grip. The lengthy finish feels firm, gently grippy and somewhat on the dry side with slightly evolved flavors of sweet dried figs and strawberries, some vanilla, a little bit of leathery funk, light syrupy oxidative notes, a hint of beef jerky and a touch of allspice.

    A pleasantly ripe, sunny and textural Ardanza that surprisingly feels a bit evolved for an Ardanza this "young" - normally these wines at a glacial pace, so it is somewhat odd to see mature, even slightly oxidative notes in an Ardanza barely 15 years old. In our mini-vertical of Ardanza 2004-2008, this was in my books the softest and ripest vintage and also most evolved in quality. The vibrant and accessible style contrasted nicely the more closed and tightly-knit vintage 2004, but at the same time came across as a bit too soft and less impressive. However, some people in the tasting considered this vintage to be very concentrated and and miles away from its peak, whereas I thought this wine was probably the most "ready" vintage - perhaps still another decade away from its apogee, but the most evolved in style and definitely ready to go. A great wine - as Ardanza almost invariably is - but in our mini-vertical this vintage was my least favorite.

    6 people found this helpful Comment
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    (La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva) Medium, bricking, dark red violet color; lifted, complex, licorice, berry, black fruit nose; medium bodied, complex, licorice, black cherry, tart berry palate with near medium acidity; medium-plus finish (80% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha; 13.5% alcohol) 93+ points

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2005
  • Type Red
  • Producer La Rioja Alta
  • Varietal Tempranillo Blend
  • Designation Viña Ardanza Reserva
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country Spain
  • Region La Rioja
  • SubRegion La Rioja Alta
  • Appellation Rioja
  • UPC Codes 3521211309203, 8413529821087, 890841002031, 890841002048

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  • Pending Delivery 38 (1%)
  • In Cellars 2,384 (39%)
  • Consumed 3,709 (60%)

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Community Recommendations

agneau, Beef and lamb dishes, Blue cheese, boeuf, braisés, Cordero al Horno, Cottage Pie, gibier, grilled lamb, Ham

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