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La Rioja Alta Rioja Reserva ‘Vina Ardanza’ 2009


93+ pts Wine Advocate

About | One of the great traditional Rioja producers, dating to 1890, with their own cooperage to make American oak barrels to their exacting specifications. I still have a few 2001’s of this one at home, one of my all-time favorite Spanish wines. - Michael Klinger, Beverage Director

Tasting Notes | “The current vintage of one of the flagship wines from La Rioja Alta is the 2009 Viña Ardanza Reserva, the second year it has contained 20% Garnacha grapes from their estate vineyards in La Pedriza in the village of Tudelilla in Rioja Baja. The Tempranillo comes from vineyards averaging 30 years of age in Fuenmayor and Cenicero. The hand-harvested bunches were sorted and put in boxes, transferred to the winery at 14 degrees Celsius to be destemmed and crushed, then the grapes fermented in stainless steel, including malolactic. The two varieties were aged separately, 36 months in used American oak barrels for Tempranillo and 30 months for Garnacha, and racked every six months. It was initially closed, shy and serious, riper and a little darker than the 2008 but still very balanced, serious and harmonious. The palate combines power with elegance, with some tannins, focused flavors, some chalky texture and a rustic touch that gives it character.” WA

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