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2001 La Rioja Alta Rioja Reserva Especial Viña Ardanza (750ml) [Printable View]
Producer: La Rioja Alta riojalta.com   details
Appellation: Rioja - Spain (DO)
Type: red
Varietal: Tempranillo - Garnacha
Maturity: Hold
Rating: Excellent
Est. Price: US$29.99
Alcohol %: 13.5
Description: 94 Points Drink 2016-2036
 
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Tasting Notes:
tasted: January 28, 2014 , Jan-Robert Holen
"very good - although maybe not as fantastic as I remembered. great wine though"
tasted: May 5, 2014 , Wade BOURNE
4 stars "Color: deep; Nose: discreet; Aromas: black berry; Acidity: supple; Sweetness: dry; Body: firm; Finish: persistent; Overall: elegant; "
rated: June 1, 2010 , Robert Parker erobertparker.com
94 points "The current release is the 2001 Reserva Especial, a deeply colored wine with a lovely perfume of cinnamon, lavender, incense, balsamic, and black cherry. Medium-bodied, velvety-textured, and already complex, it will continue to evolve for another 5-10 years and offer a drinking window extending from 2016 to 2036. For those seeking immediate gratification, it has the virtue of being approachable now." Best -2036
rated: November 11, 2011 , K&L Wine Merchants klwines.com
"La Rioja Alta makes some of the very finest wines in all of the region: Arana Reserva, Gran Reserva 904, Gran Reserva 890. It has always been the Ardanza, though, which I've enjoyed the most. It is consistent, always elegant, and just a terrifically balanced, classic Rioja. In the very best vintages, La Rioja Alta designates Ardanza as a "Reserva Especial"; this has only happened two other times, in 1964 and 1973. I have not had the '64, but I did recently taste the '73 and it was superb. Yep, this is a $30 wine which ages gracefully for more than three decades. An incredible wine, and in a time where there is no shortage of wine or deals, this is the real deal, and a genuine bargain."
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