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La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Reserva

Regular Price: $39.99
Our Price: $37.00
Sale Price: $33.99

Product Code: W0895


94 Points - Wine Advocate
On July 10, 1890, five Basque and Rioja-based vintners created "Sociedad Vinicola De La Rioja Alta" in what is known as the Haro Station District. Over time La Rioja Alta earned the reputation of being one of the best producers of the Rioja region, due to their incredible dedication to both tradition and quality. Their 300 hectares of vineyards are spread throughout the region and mostly consist of Tempranillo, but also include Garnacha, Mazuelo and Graciano. After the harvest, the grapes are vinified in the company's new, modern winemaking facility and then aged for varying periods of time in American oak casks. The wine is not filtered prior to bottling and spends further long aging in the bottle before it is released.

Vina Ardanza Reserva is a smooth, medium bodied blend of 80% Tempranillo and 20% Garnacha, and has been aged in American oak casks for thirty six months. A complex nose of wild berry, lavender, coconut and incense merges with bold notes of dark fruit, cinnamon, tobacco and leather on the palate. Although this wine can definitely be enjoyed now, it will continue to evolve for another five to ten years and offer a drinking window extending from 2016 to 2036.

"La Rioja Alta celebrates its 125th anniversary in 2015. Last year, I only tasted three wines from La Rioja Alta and I tasted six this time. The quality is as good as ever, with superb wines from the almost-perfect 2005 vintage coming into the market. Great Rioja, as traditional as it gets, in good quantity and moderate (and often plain great) prices." - Wine Advocate

Product of Spain
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%

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