Viña Ardanza 2005, La Rioja Alta, 12x75cl bottles
La Rioja Alta
From a vintage officially classed as 'Excellent'. 80% Tempranillo and 20% Garnacha from 30-year-old plots in Fuenmayor and Cenicero, and old vines at 600 m in Tudelilla in Rioja Baja respectively....Read More
Notes & Scores
From a vintage officially classed as 'Excellent'. 80% Tempranillo and 20% Garnacha from 30-year-old plots in Fuenmayor and Cenicero, and old vines at 600 m in Tudelilla in Rioja Baja respectively. Only US oak. Tempranillo was aged for 36 months in casks more than four years old while the Garnacha was aged for 30 months in two- and three-year-old casks. Racked six times and bottled after blending in July 2009.
Dark, lustrous ruby. Very nicely mature on the nose with strong strawberry notes. Very vibrant with mature fruit that manages to be both energetic and gamey. Some balsamic notes and real focus. No hurry to drink this. 13.7% 17/20
The Wine Spectator, Thomas Matthews
This traditional red offers dried cherry, orange peel, tobacco and sanguine flavors in a silky texture, supported by light, firm tannins and balsamic acidity. Focused and fresh, with a juicy finish. Drink now. 50,000 cases made. 92 Points
Armit Tasting Note
Vina Ardanza’s 2005 Reserva is a complex wine that is already showing so many of the wonderful qualities we have come to expect from this classic Rioja. Masses of dark fruit, with measures of dried berries and cherries wrapped up in a silky smooth coat of herbs, spice, smoke and leather. The palate lives up to the hype from the nose and its medium body is held together with fine ripe tannins This is a truly fantastic drinking experience that is excellent now and has plenty of stuffing to last 5-10 years, if you let it! Yet another superb vintage for this magnificent Rioja.
La Rioja Alta is widely recognised to be one of the finest wineries in the region and known for defining the traditional oak-aged style of Rioja. Founded on July 10th 1890 by five families, the descendants are still all important shareholders to this day. Indeed Guillermo de Aranzabal, president of La Rioja Alta, is the fifth generation of his family to work in the business. La Rioja Alta owns four wineries – two in Rioja, one in Rias Baixas and one in Ribera del Duero. Producing around 2.25 million bottles annually as a group (1.4m is sold under the brand La Rioja Alta) the company owns 554 hectares, 392 of which are in Rioja. There are two grounds on which La Rioja Alta remains firmly traditional - it only uses American oak, and indeed makes its own barrels, and also releases its wines comparatively late to other producers having aged them in both barrel and bottle and only putting them on the market once they are ready to drink. The Estate’s most celebrated Gran Reserva is the 890, which is named after the founding date of the winery, and the 904 marks the date when the Ardanza winery was merged with La Rioja Alta in 1904. A company steeped in history, three of the company’s wines are named after members of the founding families – Alberdi, Ardanza and Arana.
The pleasure of the Rioja Alta Wines is that they are released with time in cellar so are all perfectly ready for drinking today, even though of course they are equally age worthy and will happily sit in the cellar for time to come.
La Rioja Alta is one of the most respected Rioja producers and one of my favourites, ever since their wines did so well in the very first comparative tasting I ever arranged, back in the early 1980s... Jancis Robinson
The principal wine region of Spain producing predominantly red wines, Rioja is centred around the regional capital of Logroño in northern Spain. Named after the Rio (river) Oja, the region is divided into 3 areas: Rioja Alavesa, Rioja Alta and Rioja Baja. Promoted from DO to DOCA status in 1991, the permitted grape varieties are Tempranillo, Garnacha, Cariñena, Graciano, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malvasia and Viura. Tempranillo is the most widely planted variety, although most Riojas are now blended, often with Cariñena. Since the 1990s, most white Riojas are made almost exclusively from Viura.