La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Reserva
Hopefully can develop in bottle to reach the heights of years like 1973 or 1964.
- Rioja, Spain
2010 is widely regarded as one of the very finest vintages in recent memory in Rioja. Julio Saenz, head winemaker at La Rioja Alta, labeled it a "spectacular" vintage. The Vina Ardanza is a truly remarkable wine, and has been declared as a 'Seleccion Especial' which is the highest praise from the winemakers, a title only awarded to the wines and vintages that rank among the best ever.
“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.” 96/100, James Suckling
“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!” 95/100, Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate