La Rioja Alta S.A. 2007 Rioja Reserva “Vina Ardanza”

2007 Rioja Reserva “Vina Ardanza”

PROFILE | La Rioja Alta S.A.

PURCHASE | 2007 Rioja Reserva Vina Ardanza

[ Why We Love It: ]

The 2006 vintage failed to produce enough Garnacha to produce Vina Ardanza, however 2007 provided an ideal bounce-back vintage following the acclaimed and sought after 2004 and 2005 releases of this wine. The Tempranillo grapes (80%) come from the 30-year-old La Cuesta and Montecillo vineyards, located in Fuenmayor y Cenicero. The Garnacha grapes (20%) come from old, goblet-trained vines planted at an altitude of 600 m in Tudelilla (Rioja Baja), in plots adjacent to the Finca La Pedriza vineyard.

Grapes for this wine were harvested manually and taken to the winery, where alcoholic fermentation took place in tanks at controlled temperatures. After malolactic fermentation, the wines started their barrel ageing in March 2008. The Tempranillo spent 36 months in American oak barrels (averaging 4 years of age) and the Garnacha stayed for 30 months in 2- and 3-year old American oak barrels. The wines were racked manually on six occasions.

[ Price: ]

BOTTLE: $44.95

CASE: $539.40 (12 x 750mL)


[ Technical Specs: ]

ALCOHOL: 13.6%


Case Pack: 12 x 750mL

GRAPES: 80% Tempranillo & 20% Garnacha

[ Recipes & Food Pairings: ]

Grilled Beef Shortribs w/ Sesame-Chipotle Mole – RECIPE

Lamb Meatballs w/ Foie Gras, Pecorino & Mint Sauce – RECIPE

Beef Tenderloin w/ Rosemary Cream & Fresh Horseradish – RECIPE

[ Tasting Notes: ]

“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. The palate is more lively and has some tannins that would feel better integrated with some food or a little bit of time in bottle It was bottled in November 2011. This will be released around September/October 2015, so by the time it hits the shelves it will be more polished. Great value for money. 600,000 bottles were produced.”

94/100 Points

Luis Gutierrez /

Outstanding, medium-high depth, dark-cherry red with an intense pinkish rim. Very intense to the nose, with outstanding spicy aromas of black pepper, cloves, cinnamon and vanilla enveloping fine notes of red berries. In the mouth, we enjoy a pleasant structure, balanced acidity and delicate, enveloping tannins. Broad finish, with a round, elegant aftertaste.

Winemakers Notes

2007 La Rioja Alta Rioja Reserva “Vina Ardanza”

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