Tempranillo, Drinking Now 2030
Bottled March 2013. 80% Tempranillo (aged in 4-year-old American oak for 36 months) and 20% Garnacha (aged in 2- to 3-year-old American oak for 30 months). Very similar vintage conditions to 2001, which promoted Ardanza to Reserva Especial status – but they decided to keep this as ‘basic’ Reserva because 'the next Especial has to be better than 2001'. First vintage that the fruit has been 100% estate grown. The Garnacha comes from the 100 ha Pedriza vineyard, which has very rocky soil. Smoky, compact, coconut and tea-leaf. Chewy tannin, meaty character on the palate, bright and vibrant – shimmering acidity. Still dense yet not over-extracted – has typicality without cliché – exemplary. Drink 2020-2045.
17.5 Points, Richard Hemming MW
The best classic style of Garnacha and Tempranillo pulling together joyful fruit expression and serious depth. In the mouth it is amazingly complex, and unique. A benchmark...
The blend consists of 95% Tempranillo from 40-year-old vines in Las Cuevas, El Palo and Las Monjas in Rodezno, complemented with 5% Graciano from the Montecillo estate in Fuenmayor. The Graciano gives the wine an aromatic intensity and acidity, to carry the structure and elegance of the Tempranillo. The grapes are vinified separately in four-and-a-half-year-old American oak for three years, and...more
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