Vina Ardanza Reserva 2012 La Rioja Alta
Balance, silkiness and power - a superb Rioja Reserva from the award-winning La Rioja Alta winery.
On the nose you’ll find ripe fruit, underpinned by spicy black pepper, sweet liquorice and vanilla. The palate is flavourful, mirroring the aromas and adding deeper notes of coffee and cinnamon. This wine has pleasant acidity, good balance and polished tannins, making it smooth and easy-drinking. The finish is complex, with an elegant aftertaste of spice and balsamic hints – truly a superb Rioja Reserva. To enjoy right now, but with a long life ahead.
Formed by five families in the late 19th century, the La Rioja Alta S.A. winery has been among the leading producers who have helped to establish and maintain the classic standards of Rioja.
Their Tempranillo-led Gran Reservas, aged for remarkably long periods in barrels from the producer’s cooperage, are some of the most sought-after wines from the region. And while they always upheld standards and tradition, La Rioja Alta S.A. never stopped experimenting and pushing for better quality, offering some of the purest, precise expressions of Tempranillo in the world.
The Tempranillo for this vintage comes from 30-year-old vines. The Garnacha comes from La Pedriza vineyard in Tudelilla. This 70 hectare property offers unbeatable conditions for growing this variety. Its nutrient-poor soil, covered with boulders, results in great varietal typicity, rich in aromas, with a pleasant, elegant structure.
93 Points - Tim Atkin
94 Points & "Highly Recommended" - Decanter "Wines of the Year" 2021