Viña Ardanza Rioja Reserva 2012 - La Rioja Alta

La Rioja Alta

Viña Ardanza Rioja Reserva 2012


With 95 points from James Suckling and 94 points from Decanter and Wine Advocate – the latter calling it a “Brilliant Ardanza!” – this is a very serious bottle of Rioja Reserva. It’s crafted from Tempranillo picked from 30-year-old vines and Grenache grown at high altitude. Aged for around three years in oak, the wines from the two grapes were combined to create an elegant blend of cassis, fresh cherries, plum crumble, chocolate orange, flat white, Christmas spices, balsamic, leather and pipe tobacco. A wine with serious style, and perfect for the Sunday roast.

Formed in 1890 by three families – the Ardanzas, the Aranas and the Alberdis – La Rioja Alta sets the benchmark for the entire Rioja region. They're famed for their classic Spanish reds, which are aged for an inordinately long time in American oak barrels lovingly made by their own cooper. This wonderfully traditional producer still carries out its racking (the process of moving wine between barrels to remove the sediment) by hand and candlelight, the old-school way. The style of the wine dedicated to the Ardanza family is softer than most Rioja, influenced more by Burgundy than by Bordeaux, as the bottle shape suggests.

£4.47 per 100.00ml

SKU No.: 3340722

Style No.: 846913

Country: Spain
Region: Rioja
Grapes: Grenache, Tempranillo
Closure: Cork
Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.5%
Volume: 750ml
Allergens: Sulphites

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