La Rioja Alta Viña Ardanza Reserva 2016 750ml - Bottle Shop of Spring Lake
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La Rioja Alta Viña Ardanza Reserva 2016 750ml
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La Rioja Alta Viña Ardanza Reserva 2016

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Category Red Wine
Origin Spain, Rioja
Brand La Rioja Alta

A perennial top selling Spanish wine at the Bottle Shop, this Rioja is from the famous bodega named La Rioja Alta, founded in 1890 as a partnership of 5 quality-conscious growers keen to focus upon the export potential for well-made, ‘modern’ Rioja. At this time, French vineyards were ravaged by phylloxera, and connoisseurs were having to look elsewhere for supplies of fine wine. Rioja, with its excellent climate and soils, had already attracted attention, and experiments with Bordeaux-style vinification and barrique-aging were proving very successful. 

In 1904, La Rioja Alta absorbed Bodegas Ardanza, and gained access to some of the finest vineyards in the Rioja Alta district. The luxury 904 bottling commemorates this important milestone in the company’s development. La Rioja Alta has always maintained the highest standards, and continues to this day the tradition of careful long-aging that gives Rioja its unique character. These wines offer a wonderfully complex bouquet, rich flavors, a seductively smooth texture, and are all ready to drink on release.  

For this Reserva, the Tempranillo grapes (80%) come from the estate's 30-year-old La Cuesta and Montecillo vineyards, located in Fuenmayor y Cenicero, and the Garnacha (20%) comes from La Pedriza vineyard in Tudelilla (Rioja Baja) at an altitude of 550 m above sea level. In March, the selected wines are put into barrels to start aging seperately. The Tempranillo typically for 36 months with six manual rackings in American oak, averaging 4 years, and the Garnacha for 30 months with five manual rackings in American oak barrels from 2-3 years usage.  

James Suckling
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Savory and complex with dried orange peel, cedar and plenty of sweet spices, walnuts, caramel, dried mushrooms and pine needles. Shows maturity here, with a medium body and superb freshness. Incredibly long finish with lots of truffle and walnut. Lasts over a minute. Very complete now, but you can still hold it.

November 2022
Wine Advocate
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The 2016 Viña Ardanza Reserva was produced with 80% Tempranillo and 20% Garnacha that matured in used American oak barrels for three years, where it was hand-racked from barrel to barrel six times in the case of Tempranillo and five times for the Garnacha, as it had a slightly shorter élevage of 30 months. Against all odds, I found the 2016 to be fresher than the 2015 and less developed, despite the fact that winemaker Julio Sáenz told me he considers it a warmer year. But I have found many wines I like in 2016, and the wine feels very clean and quite harmonious, younger and less developed, with more primary notes and a velvety mouthfeel. 600,000 bottles produced. The wine was bottled in June 2020.

July 14, 2022
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