La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Seleccion Especial Reserva 2010 (750ml)

La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Seleccion Especial Reserva 2010 (750ml)

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2010 was a great vintage in Rioja in general and seems to be exceptional here, with a 2010 Viña Ardanza Selección Especial (what used to be Reserva Especial) that can challenge any of the recent vintages and hopefully can develop in bottle to reach the heights of years like 1973 or 1964. The wine is expressive, aromatic, very elegant and clean, with classical Rioja aromas of long aging in barrel and slow oxidation through the years in wood. The palate is polished and sleek but shows plenty of energy, with very fine, mostly resolved tannins and very good harmony and persistence. There is great complexity, and you could start smelling spice and smoke to move to earthy tones, hints of beef blood, cherries in liqueur, curry, diesel, old furniture and forest floor. A great Viña Ardanza! They have managed to produce 600,000 bottles of this—and apparently in one single lot. It was bottled in May 2015. Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate

Region: Rioja, Spain

Grape Varietal: 80% Tempranillo , 20% Garnacha

Critic Rating: Wine Advocate 95 Points

Suggested Drink Window: 2019 - 2035