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La Rioja Alta Viña Ardanza Reserva 2016

Rioja DOCa
La Rioja Alta Viña Ardanza Reserva 2016
James Suckling, (95 Points)
With 95 Suckling points, Viña Ardanza is one of the best releases of this excellent, warm vintage. Made very traditionally by the legendary La Rioja Alta, it’s a mesmirising wine every vintage. With 3 years ageing in barrel, the wine is very complex.
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Red Wine details
  • Red - Medium to Full Bodied
  • Fine wine
  • SpainSpain
  • Garnet ruby
  • Tempranillo-based blend
  • 10.88 Units
  • 14.5% ABV
  • 750 ml
  • 31 December 2029
Flavour profile
Tasting notes
Silky, mature red fruits, freshness, truffle and walnut complexity
Aroma
Savoury, with hints of walnuts, orange peel, red fruits, sweet spices
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Contains Sulphites
The red wine
La Rioja Alta has been a pioneering bodega since it was founded in 1890. It excels by applying traditional winemaking techniques in its state-of-the-art, purpose-built cellar. In the very good 2016 vintage the winemaker added a portion of Garnacha from the La Pedriza vineyard. This beautifully complements the richly layered Tempranillo, sourced from the estate’s 30-year-old vines, set at 600-metres altitude. All grapes – Tempranillo and Garnacha – were harvested by hand prior to careful, temperature-controlled fermentation. This was followed by three years’ ageing in American oak casks made on the estate’s century-old cooperage. Only released 6 years after vintage, it’s beginning to drink well – a classic with lamb. Open early and decant.
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"Savory and complex with dried orange peel, cedar and plenty of sweet spices, walnuts, caramel"

James Suckling

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