With 95 Suckling points, Viña Ardanza is one of the best releases of this excellent, warm vintage. Made very traditionally by the legendary La Rioja Alta, it’s a mesmirising wine every vintage. With 3 years ageing in barrel, the wine is very complex.
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Beyond the Label
Silky, mature red fruits, freshness, truffle and walnut complexity
Savoury, with hints of walnuts, orange peel, red fruits, sweet spices
La Rioja Alta has been a pioneering bodega since it was founded in 1890. It excels by applying traditional winemaking techniques in its state-of-the-art, purpose-built cellar. In the very good 2016 vintage the winemaker added a portion of Garnacha from the La Pedriza vineyard. This beautifully complements the richly layered Tempranillo, sourced from the estate’s 30-year-old vines, set at 600-metres altitude. All grapes – Tempranillo and Garnacha – were harvested by hand prior to careful, temperature-controlled fermentation. This was followed by three years’ ageing in American oak casks made on the estate’s century-old cooperage. Only released 6 years after vintage, it’s beginning to drink well – a classic with lamb. Open early and decant.
"Savory and complex with dried orange peel, cedar and plenty of sweet spices, walnuts, caramel"
James Suckling Critic, 95 points
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