2012 La Rioja Alta S.A. 'Vina Ardanza' Reserva Rioja

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This traditional beauty is everything we love about Rioja, from the fresh, spicy-sweet nose to the intense and well-balanced palate. Sweet cherries and ripe strawberries are met with orange-peel, licorice and cinnamon in a creamy texture. Bring this to every BBQ, all year round.

Varietal:
Tempranillo
Winemaker:
Julio Saenz
Vintage:
2012
Aging:
66 months
Oak Treatment:
American oak barrels
Appellation:
Rioja
Total Varietal Composition %:
80%, Tempranillo, 20% Grenache
Alcohol %:
14.5%
SKU #:
1045444
Size:
750 ml Bottle
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James Suckling

Traditional and beautiful in character with plum, balsamic, orange-peel and leather aromas and flavors. It’s medium-to full-bodied with creamy texture and a long, intense aftertaste. Drink or hold.

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Wine Advocate

Garnacha is an important component in the 2012 Viña Ardanza Reserva, where it represents 20% of the blend (the rest is, of course, Tempranillo). 2011 was a difficult vintage for Garnacha, so Viña Ardanza was not produced that year and they jumped from 2010, which had the mention ""Selección Especial,"" to 2012, where it returns to the regular Reserva. The wine is a prototype of polished and aged Rioja with a ruby color with some orange and a developed nose with subtle aromas of decayed leaves, sweet spices and some cherries in liqueur even, quite complex and harmonious. The palate is velvety but rich, with resolved tannins and a fine chalky mouthfeel, sleek and elegant, terribly balanced. The flavors are pure and defined, and there is an overall sense of harmony that I like very much. Brilliant Ardanza!

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Decanter

Warming, nutty, complex Rioja with layers of fruit and a softness of dark cherry fruit on the palate. Has soft tannins and is elegantly poised, with a long, savory finish.

VN93

Vinous

Bright ruby-red. Vibrant, spice- and mineral-accented scents of fresh red fruits, succulent herbs and spice cake are complemented by an emerging floral overtone. Juicy and pliant in the mouth, offering gently sweet raspberry, cherry cola, spice cake and rose pastille flavors that deepen steadily on the back half. In an energetic style, showing fine clarity and silky tannin's that frame a long, smooth finish. Drinking window: 2021 - 2029

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Wine Spectator

This red shows an earthy character, with loamy earth, tar and tobacco notes framing dried cherry, licorice, orange peel and forest floor flavors. It's harmonious, with a spicy finish. Tempranillo and Garnacha. Drink now through 2026.