Viña Ardanza Rioja Reserva Back-Vintage Gift Box 3 x 750ml
“Viña Ardanza from La Rioja Alta is one of Rioja’s great value wines.” – Jamie Goode
“Viña Ardanza Reserva from La Rioja Alta is no secret, and its reputation precedes it, yet its price remains entirely affordable – especially compared with equivalent-scoring reds from Bordeaux, Burgundy, Tuscany, California, Australia et al.” – Richard Hemming MW
Formed in 1890, 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. All of which makes this limited-edition Viña Ardanza Reserva Rioja Back-Vintage Gift Box a must-have present for any fan of Spanish wine.
The Ardanzas were one of the founding families. The style of the wine dedicated to them is softer than most Rioja, influenced more by Burgundy than by Bordeaux, as the bottle shape suggests. The retro wooden case includes three rare vintages of this spectacular wine, including one that’s more than 30 years old and one described by James Suckling as a “unique wine that everyone should try once” (97 points) that was labelled ‘Especial Reserva’ – something reserved for only the very best vintages. As you’ll see from the scores below, each one of these hard to find wines comes highly praised by the critics. They’re guaranteed to Rioja your world.
- Viña Ardanza Rioja Reserva 1989 – 17.5 points, “Smooth, lengthy, still fresh with acid – a lovely example of fully mature Rioja that is still in the prime of life.” – Jancis Robinson.com
- Viña Ardanza Rioja Reserva 2000 – 17.5 points, “Sumptuous, sophisticated… Spot on, and with plenty of mileage still in the tank.” – Jancis Robinson.com
- Viña Ardanza Rioja Reserva 2001 – 17.5 points, “Third Reserva Especial in history… Best vintage ever, according to the winemaker… Long, subtle, elegant.” – Jancis Robinson.com
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