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La Rioja Alta Viña Ardanza Reserva 2016

Rioja DOCa

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  • 95pts, James Suckling, 2023

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.

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.

Beyond the Label

Tasting notes

Silky, mature red fruits, freshness, truffle and walnut complexity

Aroma

Savoury, with hints of walnuts, orange peel, red fruits, sweet spices

Allergy information

Contains sulphites

La Rioja Alta Viña Ardanza Reserva 2016

More information

  • 14.5% ABV
  • 10.88 Units
  • 750.00 ml
  • 31 December, 2029

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.

"Savory and complex with dried orange peel, cedar and plenty of sweet spices, walnuts, caramel" James Suckling
Critic, 95 points
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