2007 La Rioja Alta "Viña Ardanza" Reserva Rioja SKU #1250925


RP 94 VN 92 WE 90
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La Rioja Alta's Viña Ardanza has been our most popular Rioja for several years. It is no wonder, as this is the gold standard for traditional bodegas: a winery that ages their wines the old fashioned way, meaning three years in barrel with two rackings a year, followed by three years in bottle. According to the winery, the blend is "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."

Staff Reviews

  • Heather Vander Wall
    By: Heather Vander Wall
    K&L Staff Member
    I am in love with the 2007 vintage of Vina Ardanza from la Rioja Alta! Upon release the bottle was a bit shy, showing plenty of structure and little fruit, but checking back in a few months later, I find the wine has opened up and become even more elegant and expressive than the well-loved 2005 vintage. 2007 as a rule was a little cooler, and therefore the wine shows a bit more high-toned acidity and structure, but this also lends a more subtle character to the wine. Although it is already showing some savory development, this wine certainly has the structure to age further. Drink some now and save some for a couple of years!
  • Shaun Green
    By: Shaun Green
    K&L Staff Member
    If you're longing for Rioja like it used to be, look no further, here it is. Continuing a run of great Ardanza vintages, the 2007 will not disappoint.
    Top Value!
  • Andrew Stevens
    By: Andrew Stevens
    K&L Staff Member
    Absolutely classic Rioja, this is the kind of wine I can get into over and over again. Dried red fruit and tart cherry are well balanced by the spice and lively acid that give this wine drive. Although the 2007 vintage was a little cooler and did not have the ripeness of 2005 this wine benefits by having a little more elegance and focus. As much as I enjoyed the 2005 vintage I find I am responding as well to the new offering from them.
  • Dulcinea Gonzalez
    By: Dulcinea Gonzalez
    K&L Staff Member
    Don't let this one fly below your radar. If you are looking for the tried and true taste of a classic Rioja, you will do well to pick up a few of these bottles. The nose is fueled with dried cherry and dusty herbal notes. On the palate is generous red, ripe fruit mixed with all the Riojan hallmarks of dried tobacco leaves and saddle leather. Just add a plate of Spanish cured meats and manchego and it's fiesta time!
  • Joe Manekin
    By: Joe Manekin
    K&L Staff Member
    The 2007 Viña Ardanza is showing very well right now. While not necessarily a departure from the house style (if you've liked it in the past, I suspect you will continue to with this vintage), I will say that it shows a bit more development than normal, perhaps with a more dark fruited and savory profile. It seems like the Rioja Alta Tempranillo is more dominant in the 07. Vintage characteristics aside, Viña Ardanza is one of the true bargains in the wine world, a wine which spends three years in barrel, another three in bottle, and is produced from fruit which hails from time tested vineyard sources (many owned by the winery). When it comes to Rioja, this is the one that, perhaps more than any other, I can depend upon to be delicious in California, satisfying in Spain, wonderful now or fantastic after aging. A must-have for me.
  • Scott Beckerley
    By: Scott Beckerley
    K&L Staff Member
    Another fine, traditional Rioja that I was able to taste right after the 2004 Vina Tondonia, which was great. This (also) traditionally styled Rioja has a beef broth nose with dark cherries and dried leaves. On the palate, dried red plums and cherries, cocoa powder and baking spices. Simply wonderful! Traditionalists, rejoice in this under-$30 bargain!
  • Randy Hagerman
    By: Randy Hagerman
    K&L Staff Member
    Fans of the 2005 will be glad that La Rioja Alta's Viña Ardanza is back with a bang for the 2007 vintage! With the 2007 vintage being cooler, this is a crisper and more focused wine than its 2005 counterpart. The nose offers plenty of spice, dried cherries, and stewed red berries. On the palate, the wine is light on its feet, confirming dried cherries and red berries, with the addition of plenty of spicy and herbaceous notes - and a touch of vanilla. In comparison to the 2005, this wine is wearing its oak a little bit better early on. I will be buying at least a case to see how it develops over the next 10-15 years.


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