La Rioja Alta Viña Ardanza Reserva 2010 1.5L - Bottle Shop of Spring Lake

La Rioja Alta Viña Ardanza Reserva 2010 1.5L

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La Rioja Alta Viña Ardanza Reserva 2010 1.5L
$119.00
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$89.99

SKU 03350

1.5L

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Medium-high intensity, garnet-red with a cherry rim. The nose stands out for its fresh, spicy character, with hints of sweet cherries, redcurrants and ripe strawberries assembled with notes of black pepper, sweet licorice, nutmeg, coffee, mocha and cinnamon. Intense and well-balanced in the mouth, with a soft freshness, nice structure, and delicately elegant tannins. Silky finish, with a good aftertaste, where sweet red fruit and balsamic notes give it a broad ending. Pair with roasted lamb, red meats, barbecues, large game, spicy fish casseroles, smoked and aged cheeses.
Category Red Wine
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Region Spain, Rioja
Brand La Rioja Alta
Alcohol/vol 13.5%
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Wine Advocate2010 was a great vintage in Rioja in general and seems to be exceptional here, with a 2010 Viña Ardanza Selección Especial (what used to be Reserva Especial) that can challenge any of the recent vintages and hopefully can develop in bottle to reach the heights of years like 1973 or 1964. The wine is expressive, aromatic, very elegant and clean, with classical Rioja aromas of long aging in barrel and slow oxidation through the years in wood. The palate is polished and sleek but shows plenty of energy, with very fine, mostly resolved tannins and very good harmony and persistence. There is great complexity, and you could start smelling spice and smoke to move to earthy tones, hints of beef blood, cherries in liqueur, curry, diesel, old furniture and forest floor. A great Viña Ardanza! They have managed to produce 600,000 bottles of this-and apparently in one single lot. It was bottled in May 2015. Drink Date: 2019-2035.

Luis Gutierrez, June 28, 2019
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Wine SpectatorPolished and graceful, balanced and lively, this red offers cherry, dried strawberry, cedar, spice and vanilla flavors that mingle over light, firm tannins and orange peel acidity. The silky texture and juicy flavors find a graceful middle ground between the traditional and modern styles. Tempranillo and Garnacha. Drink now through 2025. 50,000 cases made.

Thomas Matthews, June 30, 2019

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