1985 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva

Tempranillo Blend

  • Spain
  • La Rioja
  • La Rioja Alta
  • Rioja
Drink between 2002 - 2017 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 10

  • Harley1199 Likes this wine:

    December 3, 2015 - 3rd LRA Tasting Event of the Q4 (Enoteca Barolo - Madrid): Cloudy. Reduced aromas of horse guard and little apple.
    With time iodized notes and red berries .
    Elegance and parsimony nose, a very slow delivery.
    On the palate with great acidity and good body still for a 30 years old wine. Overall a deli full of reminiscent of what a truly Ardanza should represent. Respect.

    Turbio. Reducido con aromas a cuadra y manzanita.
    Con tiempo notas yodadas y de frutillos rojos.
    Elegancia y parsimonia en nariz, una entrega muy lenta.
    En boca con mucha acidez todavía y bastante cuerpo para un vino de treinta años. Ante todo muy rica y recordando lo que un Ardanza debería representar. Un respeto.

  • AV2012 wrote: 87 points

    September 15, 2015 - Vina Ardanza vertical: Rounder, softer than '82, some fruits, salty meat, a flowery element on the nose. Quite a decent old Rioja, but not that special on the grand scheme of things.

  • Eric Guido Likes this wine: 93 points

    September 2, 2015 - The nose was simply gorgeous with depths of plum and crushed cherry fruit, dark spice tones, dried flowers and hints of undergrowth. It was enveloping on the palate with silky textures giving way to black cherry, orange peel and herbal tea. The finish was long, lingering on blackberry, dried strawberry, and hints of citrus with a bitter twang. This is perfectly aged and a testament to Vina Ardanza’s ability to age.

  • clairenclarence wrote: 90 points

    March 12, 2015 - nose:sour cherry,dirt earth,cigar box,evident stew fruits,with air(fresh pour) get tea leaves

    structure:soft(tannins fully integrated); intensity:abv average; texture:close to gd; depth:close to gd; acidity:close to gd; energy of fruit:abv average; complexity:abv average

    palate:black cherry,smoke,plum,tobacco,sweet liqourice

    conclusion:the bttl is stil alive but hve to admit i tink its goin downhill coz with more air in the glass,the mid palate doesnt hve enuff fruits to support the sour pruney finishing.overall,i stil like the wine especially from every fresh pour into the glass,it show slitely more primary charaters.

  • tooch wrote: 92 points

    February 16, 2015 - February Rotating Wine Dinner (Mon Ami Gabi - Chicago, IL): Thought this showed really well! Drank alongside the 2001 Viña Ardanza and the 1981 La Rioja Alta 904 and while the 2001 was just too young, this was in a great spot. Definitely juicier than the 1981 904 I was really fond of the berry tones, subtle meatiness, and spice notes. A great wine that made me realize that aging these wines should be more of a priority for me.

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

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1985
  • 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 Code 890841002031

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  • In Cellars 32 (67%)
  • Consumed 16 (33%)

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