The 2009 vintage of this Spanish red wine from Rioja, Viña Ardanza Reserva, was a very good one. After a rainy winter, a dry, hot summer allowed the grapes to ripen steadily and completely.
This Crianza red wine is a blend of 80% Tempranillo and 20% Grenache. The 30-year-old Tempranillo grapes come from “La Cuesta” and “Montecillo” estates, located in the towns of Fuenmayor and Cenicero, Rioja Alta.
On the other hand, the Grenache comes from vineyards about 600 metres high near “La Pedriza” estate, in Tudelilla, Rioja Baja. The combination of elegant, high-acid Tempranillo and lush, juicy Grenache is an ideal one, as Tempranillo provides a solid skeleton and Grenache supplies the flesh.
Vinification and ageing of each varietal were carried out separately. Tempranillo spent 36 months in 4th year American oak barrels, while Grenache was aged for 30 months in 2nd and 3rd year American oak. Manual racking was performed 5 times throughout the winemaking process.
Finally, Viña Ardanza Reserva 2009 was bottled in March 2014 and was aged for a further years in the bottle before its release.
A great Spanish red wine by La Rioja Alta. Drink now to 2024.
Decant 1 hour before drinking.
The wine Viña Ardanza Reserva has a medium, ruby-cherry coloured robe with a brick rim.
This blend of Tempranillo and Grenache shows a quintessential Rioja Style. Delicate ageing nuances: chocolate, arabica coffee beans, cocoa, vanilla and spicy notes of white pepper and clove. This wine by La Rioja Alta also suggests deep aromas of black fruit with hints of tobacco and fine leather.
After a gentle, smooth entrance, this reserve red wine from La Rioja shows a generous, yet supple body. Ripe red fruit, some balsamic notes, undergrowth and hints of liquorice and Jamaica pepper. Excellent balance with gentle, well-integrated tannins and a tight structure. Great length and a complex aftertaste of sandalwood and Eastern spices.
|Our personal opinion||
A classic Rioja. It never disappoints. Drinking Viña Ardanza Reserva 2009 is like having a conversation with a good old friend.
Viña Ardanza Reserva 2008:
75th Anniversary of the first vintage.
Parker 93. Peñín 93. Enterwine 93.
Viña Ardanza Reserva 2007:
Parker 94, Peñín 93, Enterwine 92.
Viña Ardanza Reserva 2005:
Great vintage. Parker 94, Peñín 93, Tanzer 92, Wine Spectator 92.
Viña Ardanza Reserva 2004:
Parker 93, Peñín 92.
|Bottle size||75 cl|
|Should this wine be decanted?||40-60 minutes before serving|
|Does this wine follow the guidelines of biodynamic Farming?||No|
|Is this product free of sulfites?||No|
|Type of ageing||Months in American oak barrels|
|Number of months aged in Barrels||36|
|Other guides||Tim Atkin: 95 puntos.|
|Name of Award||No|
|Percentage of variety||Tempranillo 80%, Garnacha Tinta 20%.|
|Pairings||Birds, Bull meat, Civet, Cooked foods, Cured cheeses, Game animals, Grilled red meats, Mushrooms, Red meat with gravy, Roasted foods, Roasted lamb, Roasted lamb ribs, Rosted piglet, Specialty Spanish prosciutto , Vegitables sauces|
|Taste||Complex and Elegant, Silky and intense, Tasty with barrel notes|
|Occasion||A special occasion, Because you deserve it, Business dinner, Family reunion, Romantic Dinner, To bring to an engagement|
We are fortunate
To be able to drink
wines like this
and to share with our beloved ones
while we are in good health...
This is a wine to celebrate life. It has given me countless hours of happiness.
You're left with a wine that lingers long in the mouth and is truly one to savour.
Good balance and very complex.
I am sure that I will repeat.