By: John Majeski
K&L Staff Member
Founded in 1890 by five families of deeply passionate wine growers, La Rioja Alta is one of the most iconic bodegas of Rioja, and its delicate, exquisite wines rarely fail to captivate and enthrall. Situated in the historic town of Haro with neighbors that include Bodegas Muga and López Heredia, this winery has maintained strong traditional roots while implementing new technology when necessary to enhance quality. The 2000 Viña Ardanza Reserva is a classic rendition, having spent up to three years in older oak barrels before release. The result? A prismatically elegant, perfectly-aged wine redolent of cured tobacco, crushed raspberries and sweet spice, achieving an ideal balance between fruit and acidity. Complex, layered and superbly nuanced, the Ardanza will dictate what to serve with it, not the other way around, although I might suggest a pork tenderloin.