Friday, October 28, 2016

La Rioja Alta Viña Ardanza Reserva Rioja

La Rioja Alta Viña Ardanza Reserva Rioja 2005
Rioja, Spain
I've been holding this wine for a while now, waiting for the prefect time to enjoy it. When fancy steak night rolled around this month (I made two beautiful peppercorn crusted filets) it was finally time to pull the cork!

The Viña Ardanza Reserva is a blend of Tempranillo and Garnacha. As is traditional in Rioja, the wine was aged in American oak, with the Tempranillo seeing wood for 36 months and the Garnacha for 30 months. La Rioja Alta prides itself on combining centuries of tradition with modern winemaking technology. I know it sounds hokey, but you can taste the love in the wine...

Review: The wine is a dark ruby color, with a brick hued rim. It has lively aromas of red cherry, black licorice, olive, and a hint of animal. The palate is dry with moderate acid and fine grained, resolved tannin. Cedar, sweet spice, and vanilla complement the fruit flavors of cherry and plum. I love the interplay between the bright red fruits and slightly herbal cedar and olive.

Food Pairing: Filets au poivre!

Bottom Line: This wine has it all - elegance, complexity, structure, and texture. Simply can't as for more than that.

Wine Geekery:
  • VINTAGE: 2005
  • PLACE: Rioja DOCa (Denominación de Origen Calificada)
  • GRAPES: 80% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha
  • AGEING: Used american oak - Tempranillo for  36 months, Garnacha for 30 months
  • BOOZE: 13.5%
  • CELLAR: Drink through 2018

Where did I get it? Crystal City Wine Shop
What's the damage? Premium

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