£22.75/ 0.75 L btl
Wine Viña Ardanza Reserva 2012
In 1942 and under the presidency of Don Leandro Ardanza, the trademark was registered that has brought the winery the greatest fame: Viña Ardanza. Its most well-known brand and a wine which has continued to evolve over the years without losing any of its eminently famous characteristics.
A very fruit-forward wine, a Tempranillo and Garnacha blend, with an elegant and intense bouquet and a long aftertaste resulting from its three years spent ageing in American oak and its lengthy stay in bottle. A wine appreciated by essentially all palates, the wine which triumphs as the outright winner for grand celebrations.
Roasts / Grills / Cured cheeses / Small game
- Vine age:30 years
- Yields:Low yields
- Vinification material:Wood
- Ageing period:Between 30 and 36 months
- Barrel age:Semi-new
- Type of wood:American oak
- ViewPicota cherry red
- Bouquet:Cherries / Tobacco / Vanilla / Nutmeg / Toffee / Cassis / Black pepper
- Mouth:Balanced / Flavoursome / Elegant tannins / Fresh on entry
- Optimum serving temperature:Between 17ºC and 18ºC
- Decanting:Decanting isn't required
A very delicate, Burgundian Ardanza. I felt some recent vintages had been pumped up with artificial muscle (as many "new wave" Riojas sadly are), but this one is the real thing, with Tempranillo speaking with its natural voice. Aromas and flavours of dry strawberries, cherries in liquor, wild blackberries and undergrowth. The acidity is perfect, given the wine incredible freshness for its age and promising more wonders to come. I hope future vintages keep this style. First class.by: Callum Gourlay (19/12/2018) - Vintage 2009
La Rioja Alta’s most popular wine - and for good reason
I visited the winery in summer 2018 and tasted the Arana, Ardanza and 904.. All are beautiful. This is the mid priced one but I struggled to tell any difference between this and the 904 - I’m sure a finer palate than mine could pick it up though. It’s a fraction of the price of the 904, but still not cheap. But worth every penny (or cent....). I fear for my purchasing power if this stupid Brexit thing goes ahead (I vote to cancel it as a stupid idea).....by: Jonipoo (23/12/2019) - Vintage 2010
We've enjoyed this very special wine for over 30 years and it still delivers on quality and depth. The 2007 was gorgeous and this year does not disappoint .I'd recommend this wine to anyone who wants a guaranteed slurp for any occasion. We try to keep it for ourselves and offer it only to wine afficionados. The quality fully justifies the price.by: Richard R (18/01/2018) - Vintage 2008
Vina Ardanza never fails to satisfy; always good sometimes close to great. The 2008 vintage is typical with a glorious nose and is very smooth in the mouth with a reasonably long finish. If I could only drink one wine for the rest of my life and had to pay for it myself; this would be it!by: Tony T (4 Jan) - Vintage 2012
A Thing of Beauty
I had a bottle of the 2009 on New Years Day and I will never, ever forget it. Needed quite a long decant to reach its best. Not cheap but was it worth it? You betcha! 'A thing of beauty is a joy for ever: Its loveliness increases; it will never Pass into nothingness.'
Wine from 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 940. 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 today. In short, great...