The La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza, needless to say, is some pretty special stuff. It seems every vintage is absolutely delicious and incredibly drinkable on release. This has plush richness on the palate and some structure that makes this seem younger than it really is. Plum and ripe raspberry with baking spice, leather, mineral and superb lift on the back end. This is one of those wines I don't want to stop smelling, let alone drinking. A staff and customer favorite, you cannot go wrong with this outstanding Rioja. (80% tempranillo and 20% garnacha; aged in used American oak barrels for three years).
Very fresh and vivid 2009 with berries, dark spice and hints of walnuts.
Full-bodied, reserved and so held back and muscular, but you donít feel
the tannins and the strength. A great wine. Give it two or three years.
Try in 2020. James Suckling 96 points
93+ Points - Wine Advocate