Vina Ardanza Reserva 2008

Rioja Alta

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Tasting Notes

Cedar, tea and tobacco notes frame the dried cherry, vanilla and orange peel flavors in this traditional red. Offers good depth and lively acidity, with an alluring, spicy finish. An old-school style, compact and balanced. Drink now through 2023.

Score: 90, Wine Spectator Maturity: 2016-2023 31 December 2016

Using Garnacha from the winery’s own vineyards in Tudelilla (Rioja Baja) for the first time, this is exactly what a traditional pan-regional Rioja blend should taste like, with 80% Tempranillo making up the balance. Elegant, sweet and aromatic, it’s light, refined and slightly gamey, showing the freshness of a cooler vintage.

Score: 94

Tim Atkin MW Maturity: 2017-2025 01 December 2016

Aromatic nose of dried strawberries and flowers follows through to a full body, soft and velvety tannins and a long and flavorful finish. Opulent and delicious yet refined. Drink now.

Score: 94

James Suckling, 01 December 2016

Vintages for Viña Ardanza seem to be going fast. It seems like yesterday that the 2001 was released and now the 2008 Viña Ardanza is already here. This is the first vintage when they have been able to use the fruit from their new Garnacha vineyards in the village of Tudelilla (Rioja Baja), La Pedriza, which represents 20% of the blend complementing the majority of Tempranillo. The wine was put in barrel in March 2009, separately; the Tempranillo was in four-year-old barrels for 36 months with six rackings, and the Garnacha in second and third use barrels for 30 months with five rackings. Vintages might go fast, but the wine does not feel too young, which was my fear. There are notes of stewed meat, cured leather, cloves, other spices and an overall balsamic character. The palate feels solid, consistent, nicely built, with abundant tannins and good balancing acidity. This should stand up to food and be able to develop in bottle. No less than 600,000 bottles are produced. I tasted from a bottle from March 2013.

Score: 93

Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2017-2023 31 August 2016