La Rioja Alta, Viña Ardanza Reserva
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La Rioja Alta, Viña Ardanza Reserva - 2008

Item # 34461 750mL
$36.96/ Single Bottle
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Tasting Notes

The La Rioja Alta family was founded in 1890 by a group of families. Today, the descendents of these families are still involved with the winemaking. The Viña Ardanza is a blend of 80% Tempranillo and 20% Grenache. This wine is intense and spicy, with notes of red fruit, tobacco, and toasty vanilla on the finish.


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Staff Pick Notes

At the end of summer when the weather starts hinting at cool crisp evenings, I dream about rich, slow-cooked meals and bold, savory red wines. One that stands out as a go-to for any labor-of-love meal, is La Rioja Alta Viña Ardanza Reserva 2008. It's as bold and intense as any aged Rioja should be. With 80% Tempranillo and 20% Grenache, it shows primarily dried red fruits, leather, dried savory herbs, a pleasant earthiness. Despite having a lot of structure, this wine has a smooth finish from a dab of oak influence. Pair with some slow cooked red meat, roasted root vegetables, and lots of crusty bread with the "good butter."

- HW

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