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2004 La Rioja Alta Rioja Vina Ardanza Reserva (1.5 Liter - Magnum Bottle)

#22 - WINE SPECTATOR TOP 100 - 2013
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Vintage 2004
Varietal Rioja
Bottle Size 1500
Style Red
Subregion Rioja
Bottle Condition Perfect

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Wine Spectator
Cedar, tobacco and spice hints frame dried cherry, berry and vanilla notes in this silky red. The flavors mingle nicely, framed by juicy acidity and light but firm tannins. The wine has a lovely, weightless intensity. A fine example of the traditional style. Drink now through 2020.
Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
Reviewer, Jay Miller - The 2004 Reserva has been in bottle for 1 year but will not be released for another 2 years. I would not be surprised if it eventually was labeled Reserva Especial, it is that good. Deep purple in color, it exhibits an enticing bouquet of Asian spices, balsamic, tobacco, and black cherry. On the palate, it effortlessly combines power and elegance. It should easily evolve for 10-15 years and drink well for 20-30 years. Given the modest price at release, it seems foolish for lovers of traditional Rioja not to invest in a case.
Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
Reviewer, Neal Martin - The 2004 Vina Ardanza is a blend of 80% Tempranillo and 20% Garnacha from 30-year-old vines in Fuenmayor and Cenicero. It is aged for 36 months in four-year-old American oak. It has a very enticing bouquet with dark cherry, Christmas cake, dried fig and espresso with fine delineation and bags of exuberance. The palate is medium-bodied with taut tannins, underpinned by a keen citric thread that cuts through the licorice-tinged, dark berry and allspice-tinged fruit with style. It is simply delicious on the bittersweet finish. Drink now-2020+.
Winery Notes
Winery Notes:
Winetasting; Clean, bright dark-cherry red of medium depth with a pink rim. Notably expressive nose with spicy notes of coffee, chocolate, vanilla and cloves and fine wood aromas against a background of ripe dark fruit. It is a well-structured, balanced wine with a lively, enticing freshness that combines with polished tannins to fill the mouth with pleasurable sensations. Long aftertaste, marked by the subtlety of a brand whose traditional elegance, complexity and aromatic power are particularly enriched in this vintage. An excellent wine to accompany charcoal-grilled meat, roasts, small game, medium-aged cheeses, Iberian cured sausages, etc.
Winery Notes
Winery Notes:
Composition: 80% Tempranillo and 20% Garnacha. The Tempranillo grapes come from 30-year-old vines planted in our Viña Ardanza vineyards in Fuenmayor and Cenicero. The Garnacha grapes come from old, goblet-pruned vines planted at an altitude of 600 m above sea level in Tudelilla (Rioja Baja), in plots adjacent to our Finca La Pedriza estate.

Additional Information

Sub-Region :
Located in north central Spain, Rioja is the country’s best-known wine making region. Rioja produces both red and white wines, but the red wines made from Tempranillo, Garnacha (Grenache) and Mazuelo are known more widely than the whites. Red Rioja is divided into four categories: Rioja, aged less than a year; crianza, aged at least two years; Rioja Reserva, aged at least three years; and Rioja Gran Reserva, aged at least five years with two in oak and three in the bottle. View all our items from Rioja
Region :
Sherry and Rioja have long been the best-known Spanish wines outside Spain, but Cava, Rivera del Duero and other wine regions are gaining notoriety. Tempranillo and Grenache (Garnacha) are the primary red grapes used, while Albariño and Chardonnay lead white wine production. Spanish wines are aged at the winery and, contrary to most winemaking philosophies, are released only when they are ready to drink. Spanish wines are usually aged in Spanish, French or American oak, and tend to be big and ripe thanks to the warm dry climate. View all our items from Spain