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La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Reserva 2015

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14.50% /
750ml /
Vintage: 2015
  • WS 91
  • WA 94
  • DEC 93
  • JS 96
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    Vina Ardanza Reserva 2015 is a distinguished wine crafted by La Rioja Alta, one of the most renowned wineries in the Rioja appellation. Under the expert guidance of winemaker Julio Saenz, this vintage showcases the exceptional qualities of the region.

    The 2015 harvest benefited from ideal weather conditions, ensuring excellent canopy development and plant health. This resulted in a perfect balance of ripeness, yielding wines with intense fruit flavors, silky textures, balanced tannins, and remarkable aging potential. The vintage was officially rated as Very Good, further attesting to its quality.

    The vineyards for Vina Ardanza Reserva 2015 comprise 78% Tempranillo sourced from the Cuesta and Montecillo vineyards, boasting 30-year-old vines. 22% of the grapes are sourced from La Pedriza in Tudelilla, Rioja Oriental. La Pedriza is recognized for growing excellent Garnacha grapes. The grapes were handpicked in mid-October and meticulously transported to the winery under refrigeration.

    At the winery, an unprecedented optical selection process was implemented, meticulously examining each individual berry. The alcoholic fermentation happened without human intervention, and the malolactic fermentation finished by the end of the year. Afterwards, the Tempranillo and the Garnacha wines were aged separately. The Tempranillo was aged for 36 months in American oak barrels that were around 4 years old, while the Garnacha was aged for 30 months in American oak barrels that had held two or three previous wines. After this careful aging process, the final blend was bottled in September 2019.

    Vina Ardanza Reserva 2015 presents itself as a garnet red wine with medium-high depth. This wine has a sophisticated blend of flavors and scents, including notes of spicy and balsamic aromas such as sweet liquorice, vanilla, cinnamon, cocoa, coffee, nutmeg, and stewed red fruits. On the palate, it displays outstanding balance, refreshing acidity, and excellent structure, with supple and round tannins. The wine delivers a delightful mouthfeel, leading to a generous and lingering finish with notes of spice, sweet liquorice, and ripe fruit. Vina Ardanza 2015 is a timeless wine with tremendous aging potential, making it one of the finest vintages of the XXI century.

    This exceptional wine has garnered critical acclaim, with Wine Spectator awarding it 91 points, highlighting its refined and traditional style. Wine Advocate praised it with 94 points, emphasizing its sleek and polished nature, while Decanter bestowed 93 points, praising its brightness and layers of dark cherry fruit. James Suckling awarded it an impressive 96 points, noting its rich aromas of red berries, sweet spice, and its creamy, balanced palate with vibrant, spicy character.

    Vina Ardanza Reserva 2015 is an exemplary wine that reflects the mastery of La Rioja Alta and the artistic touch of winemaker Julio Saenz. It is a true gem that wine enthusiasts can savor now or cellar for years to come.

    5 reviews for La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Reserva 2015

    1. WS

      This smooth red has a balsamic undertone, with dried cherry, herb, tobacco and anise notes mixed with sanguine and woodsy details. A refined, traditional style red. Drink now through 2030.

    2. WA

      I tasted two vintages of their sleek and polished blend of Tempranillo and Garnacha, the oldest of which is the 2015 Viña Ardanza Reserva. It’s a blend of 78% Tempranillo and 22% Garnacha (because they found that they needed a little more volume in the wine) from a powerful, warm and ripe year, very interesting to compare with the 2016. They consider 2015 a very good vintage; they compare it with 2001, a year when they produced all the wines. There are three wines from 2015, and there is something in common in all thee wines. The grapes were picked in mid-October and put through optical sorting to ferment followed by malolactic until the end of the year. The wine matured in used American oak barrels—the Tempranillo for 36 months with six manual rackings and the Garnacha for 30 months with five rackings.

    3. DEC

      Bright beacon of freshness, layers of dark cherry fruit, with hints of a bright Garnacha. Fine and soft tannin, lots of mocha and cacao. Juicy, lively, with a long finish. A model blend, excellent.

    4. JS

      A rich nose of raspberry, crushed strawberry, blueberry, coconut, cedar and sweet spice. It’s medium-to full-bodied with fine tannins and fresh acidity. Creamy, balanced and layered with vibrant, spicy character. Long and polished.

    5. VIN

      Deep magenta. An intensely perfumed bouquet evokes ripe black raspberry, cherry cola, potpourri, tobacco and exotic spices, plus a smoky mineral flourish. Sweet and broad in the mouth, offering lush red and blue fruit, spicecake, mocha and coconut flavors that firm up on the back half. Finishes extremely long and spicy, with resonating florality, gently chewy tannins and lingering oak spice notes.

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    Critical Acclaim

    WS 91
    Wine Spectator
    This smooth red has a balsamic undertone, with dried cherry, herb, tobacco and anise notes mixed with sanguine and woodsy details. A refined, traditional style red. Drink now through 2030.
    WA 94
    Wine Advocate
    I tasted two vintages of their sleek and polished blend of Tempranillo and Garnacha, the oldest of which is the 2015 Viña Ardanza Reserva. It's a blend of 78% Tempranillo and 22% Garnacha (because they found that they needed a little more volume in the wine) from a powerful, warm and ripe year, very interesting to compare with the 2016. They consider 2015 a very good vintage; they compare it with 2001, a year when they produced all the wines. There are three wines from 2015, and there is something in common in all thee wines. The grapes were picked in mid-October and put through optical sorting to ferment followed by malolactic until the end of the year. The wine matured in used American oak barrels—the Tempranillo for 36 months with six manual rackings and the Garnacha for 30 months with five rackings.
    DEC 93
    Decanter
    Bright beacon of freshness, layers of dark cherry fruit, with hints of a bright Garnacha. Fine and soft tannin, lots of mocha and cacao. Juicy, lively, with a long finish. A model blend, excellent.
    JS 96
    James Suckling
    A rich nose of raspberry, crushed strawberry, blueberry, coconut, cedar and sweet spice. It’s medium-to full-bodied with fine tannins and fresh acidity. Creamy, balanced and layered with vibrant, spicy character. Long and polished.

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