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La Rioja Alta-Rioja-"Vina Ardanza - Reserva"-2007

La Rioja Alta
Rioja
"Vina Ardanza - Reserva"
2007

$38.00

80% Tempranillo (30 year old vines), 20% Garnacha (“old vines”). Limestone-heavy vineyards in high-altitude, cooler climate Rioja make for intense and mineral-y reds. 3 years in “neutral” American oak adds more layers of flavor. Get fresh and dried plums, wild cherries, dry Indian spices, umami, green tea, pomegranate, leather. Drinking like a champ.
 
"The 2007 Viña Ardanza Reserva is a blend of Tempranillo with 20% Garnacha, the Tempranillo from 30-year-old vineyards La Cuesta and Montecillo in the villages of Fuenmayor and Cenicero, and the Garnacha from old head-pruned vines at 600 meters altitude in Tudelilla, in Rioja Baja, from plots next to their Finca La Pedriza. Those should soon be mature enough to go into the wine (they were planted in 2004 and they will make it into the Ardanza blend from 2007-2008). The grapes are fermented separately with natural yeasts and the Tempranillo then matured in American oak barrels averaging four years old for 36 months, while the Garnacha matured in second- and third-use American oak barrels for 30 months. The nose is very fresh, with notes of beef blood, iron, cherries in liqueur, some subtle leather and spices plus notes of autumn forest and truffles. Great value for money."
Luis Gutierrez, The Wine Advocate, April 2015

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