La Rioja Alta Viña Ardanza Reserva 2009

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Tasting Notes

Traditional aromas of cedar, red berries, red currant and raspberries with cigar box spices and light tea notes. On the palate the beautiful texture is provided by red fruit and the spicy integrated palate of an older wine. Cherries, incense flavors, orange peel and floral notes come out as the wine gets some air. The acidity is still fresh so this wine should drink well will drink well until 2025 or even later!


In 1890, five Basque and Rioja-based vine growers created "Sociedad Vinicola De La Rioja Alta" in what is known as the Haro Station District. They changed its name to “La Rioja Alta” the following year and hired a French expert, as technical manager to become familiar with what is now known as “classic” production.


In 1941 the company took on its present name, LA RIOJA ALTA, S.A. A year later, when Leandro Ardanza Angulo was chairman of the board, they registered the brand name to which they most owe their fame and renown: Viña Ardanza. The winery has 360 hectares of vines, in the best parts of the Rioja Alta area, the most exclusive of part of this Denomination of Origin. The vineyards are planted on limestone soil. The mean production of their vineyards is 5,000 kg/hectare (34.43 Hl/Ha), 24% less than the maximum authorized in Rioja (45.50 Hl/Ha), thus enhancing the quality of the fruit.


The Tempranillo grapes come from the 30-year old Viña Ardanza vineyard. The Garnacha comes from La Rioja Baja. 2009 was a very good vintage.


The grapes were harvested manually and transported in refrigerated trucks to the winery. Alcoholic fermentation took place naturally, at controlled temperatures. Malolactic fermentation concluded at the end of the year 2009. In March 2010, the selected wines were put in barrels to start ageing separately: the Tempranillo for 36 months with six manual rackings in American oak barrels averaging 4 years in age and the Garnacha for 30 months with five manual rackings in American oak barrels with two and three wines. After ageing, the final blend was made and bottled in May 2014. 2009 is the current vintage.

Food Pairing Suggestions

Grilled preparations, Lamb, Mexican, Mushrooms, Pork, Red Meat, Roasted Root Vegetables, Vegetables

Spain, Rioja
Grape Varietal:
80% Tempranillo, 20% Grenache/Garnacha
$38.50 each
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