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2012 La Rioja Alta "Viña Ardanza" Reserva Rioja SKU #1484266

Price: $34.99

JS 95 DC 94 RP 94
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K&L Notes

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 600m above sea level in Tudelilla (Rioja Baja), in plots adjacent to our Finca La Pedriza estate."

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Staff Reviews

  • Chris DePaoli
    By: Chris DePaoli
    K&L Staff Member
    Always Fire. Sweet dust, fruit leather, all spice and red cedar sawdust explosion. La Rioja Alta's calling card, that savory snickerdoodle finish, is still there and the journey to that end is just as pleasant as the conclusion. We don't need to convince you this is good, it gets top scores at a stroll. A heavyweight wine that might also be a top pound-for-pound contender. Christmas came early this year.
  • Andrew Tobin
    By: Andrew Tobin
    K&L Staff Member
    This is one of our staff and customer favorites. Every vintage is amazing and it was one of our most well received wines last year. This year is no different, upon opening it you get this funk that makes me think of Brie with a fruit compote. As it opens though that quickly blows off and turns into classic rioja! Black olives, strawberry, wood dust and black cherry. The palate is brighter with red and black fruits blending and balancing itself out with dusty earth and spice. The finish is a little creamy and doughy and everything you want from this region!


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