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Viña Ardanza Reserva 2015

Viña Ardanza Reserva

The classic which never fails

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Spec sheet

TypeRed wine
AllergensContains sulfites
Alcohol contenti14.5%
Production600,000 bottles

The wine

Viña Ardanza is the Rioja Alta’s most well-known brand, the name which has brought the winery most fame and a wine which has continually evolved over the years without losing its widely-known characteristics. A classic Rioja which is an absolute must for your cellar. This is a wine appreciated by virtually all palates, and the outright winner for great occasions and big celebrations.

What does this wine taste like?

Viña Ardanza is a very fruit-forward, fresh and spicy wine. You’ll enjoy its sweet touches of cherries, wild berries and cinnamon, along with its notes of tobacco leaf and black pepper. On the nose, it’s elegant and intense. On the palate, it’s rounded, elegant and silky, with an aftertaste dominated by fruit liqueur and roasted hints as a result of spending three years ageing in American oak and a lengthy stay in bottle.

Picota cherry red
Cherries / Cassis / Black pepper / Tobacco / Nutmeg / Toffee / Vanilla
Fresh on entry / Flavoursome / Elegant tannins / Balanced

Drinking and storing

Serve between 17ºC and 18ºC

Food pairing

Red meat
Cured cheeses
Sausages and ham

Grills / Roasts / Small game / Cured cheeses

Ratings and awards

201594 PN96 SK90 DC94 TA
201294 PK93 PN95 SK
201095 PK18+ JR94 PN96 SK
200993+ PK17+ JR93 PN96 SK
200893 PK17+ JR94 PN94 SK
200794 PK17 JR93 PN
PK: ParkerJR: Jancis robinsonPN: PeñínSK: SucklingDC: DecanterTA: Tim atkin

Wine critics reviewsReviews by Parker and Jancis Robinson

Garnacha is an important component in the 2012 Viña Ardanza Reserva, where it represents 20% of the blend (the rest is, of course, Tempranillo). 2011 was a difficult vintage for Garnacha, so Viña Ardanza was not produced that year and they jumped from 2010, which had the mention "Selección Especial," to 2012, where it returns to the regular Reserva. The wine is a prototype of polished and aged Rioja with a ruby color with some orange and a developed nose with subtle aromas of decayed leaves, sweet spices and some cherries in liqueur even, quite complex and harmonious. The palate is velvety but rich, with resolved tannins and a fine chalky mouthfeel, sleek and elegant, terribly balanced. The flavors are pure and defined, and there is an overall sense of harmony that I like very much. Brilliant Ardanza! They produced no less than 600,000 bottles of this wine, which is remarkable. It has been in bottle since March 2016, so it's very approachable but should also age nicely in bottle. Drink or keep.

— Luis Gutiérrez (30/10/2020)Robert Parker Wine Advocate Vintage 2012 - 94 PARKER

Shaded transparent ruby with shaded rust-coloured rim. Warm, gentle nose that 's like a cocktail of strawberries, cream and subtle vanilla. Pure traditional rioja that's already giving pleasure but, on the basis of past performance, this is only at the start of a glorious life. Just the right mix of broad, ripe fruit and subtle refreshment. So clean! Dry, refreshing finish. GV - Good value.

— Jancis Robinson (22/05/2020) Vintage 2010 - 18+ JANCIS ROBINSON

Customer reviews

194 reviews


Harvesting by hand usually begins in the middle of October and the grapes are transferred to the winery while refrigerated, in order to preserve all their aromatic complexity. Once there, the must ferments at a controlled temperature and malolactic fermentation lasts until the end of the year. In March, the best wines are selected to start their barrel ageing: the Tempranillo for 36 months and the Garnacha for 30, both in American oak and in barrels used for 2, 3, 4 or more wines. During that time 5 or 6 rackings will be carried out; among other things, this allows a gradual cleaning of the wines and keeps them aerated for their proper evolution. Once both ageing periods have come to an end, the two wines are blended and proceed to bottling.

Vinification materialWood
Ageing periodBetween 30 and 36 months
Barrel ageSemi-new
Type of woodAmerican oak


La Cuesta / Montecillo / La Pedriza

The Tempranillo grapes (80%) come from vines aged more than 30 years old, planted in the La Cuesta and Montecillo estates, in Fuenmayor and Cenicero; the Garnacha (20%) comes from La Pedriza in Tudelilla (Rioja Oriental), an estate lying at 550 metres above sea level with the ground covered in pebbles. The poor soils restrict yields, but ensure the fruit is of exceptional quality.

Vine age30 years
YieldsLow yields

The winery

La Rioja Alta

La Rioja Alta

La Rioja Alta is one of Rioja's historic wineries, creator of such emblematic brands as Viña Ardanza, Viña Arana, Viña Alberdi, Gran Reserva 890 and Gran Reserva 904. All of their wines are excellent and clearly exemplify what it means to be a great Rioja classic these days, in present times. Their wines are elegant, complex and sophisticated like those of the past, but with more body, colour and robustness, wines adapted to the gastronomical demands of...