2012 La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Reserva Seleccion Especial- Rioja
750ml

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$38.99
2012 La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Reserva Seleccion Especial- Rioja

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2012 La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Reserva Seleccion Especial- Rioja
750ml

$38.99

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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).

"Dried cherries, cedar, sandalwood, tar, treacle tart, cinnamon and vanilla. Medium body, fine-grained and very silky tannins for a wine of almost 10 years of age, bright and transparent acidity and a long, very spicy finish. Like going back in time and touching an ornate tapestry. The texture is mesmerizing. Drink now. "James Suckling 96 points

"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!"  95 points Luis Gutierrez The Wine Advocate

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95 Points - Wine Advocate
96 points James Suckling