La Rioja Alta " Vina Ardanza " 2012 Rioja Reserva 750ml

Grapes: 80% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha

Region: Rioja, Spain

Style: Medium-Full bodied. Reserva

Flavors to look for: Cherries, strawberries, nutmeg, black pepper.

Winemaker Notes: Medium-high intensity, garnet–red with a cherry rim. The nose stands out for its fresh, spicy character, with hints of sweet cherries, redcurrants, and ripe strawberries assembled with notes of black pepper, sweet liquorice, nutmeg, coffee, mocha, and cinnamon. Intense and well-balanced in the mouth, with a soft freshness, nice structure, and delicately elegant tannins. Silky finish, with a good aftertaste, where sweet red fruit and balsamic notes give it a broad ending.

Pairings: roasted lamb, red meats, barbecues, large game, spicy fish casseroles, smoked and aged cheeses.

Critical Acclaim

JS 95
James Suckling

Traditional and beautiful in character with plum, balsamic, orange-peel and leather aromas and flavors. It’s medium-to full-bodied with creamy texture and a long, intense aftertaste. Drink or hold.

RP 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Garnacha is an important component in the 2012 Viña Ardanza Reserva, where it represents 20% of the blend (the rest is, of course, Tempranillo). 2011 was a difficult vintage for Garnacha, so Viña Ardanza was not produced that year and they jumped from 2010, which had the mention "Selección Especial," to 2012, where it returns to the regular Reserva. The wine is a prototype of polished and aged Rioja with a ruby color with some orange and a developed nose with subtle aromas of decayed leaves, sweet spices and some cherries in liqueur even, quite complex and harmonious. The palate is velvety but rich, with resolved tannins and a fine chalky mouthfeel, sleek and elegant, terribly balanced. The flavors are pure and defined, and there is an overall sense of harmony that I like very much. Brilliant Ardanza!

D 94
Decanter

Warming, nutty, complex Rioja with layers of fruit and a softness of dark cherry fruit on the palate. Has soft tannins and is elegantly poised, with a long, savory finish.

V 93
Vinous

Bright ruby-red. Vibrant, spice- and mineral-accented scents of fresh red fruits, succulent herbs and spice cake are complemented by an emerging floral overtone. Juicy and pliant in the mouth, offering gently sweet raspberry, cherry cola, spice cake and rose pastille flavors that deepen steadily on the back half. In an energetic style, showing fine clarity and silky tannin's that frame a long, smooth finish. Drinking window: 2021 - 2029

WW 92
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
COMMENTARY: The 2012 La Rioja Alta Viña Ardanza Reserva is generous and elevated on the palate. TASTING NOTES: This wine shows ripe red and black fruit aromas and flavors as well as hints of black olives. Pair it with a well-seasoned, roast leg of lamb. (Tasted: June 2, 2020, San Francisco, CA)
WS 91
Wine Spectator
This red shows an earthy character, with loamy earth, tar and tobacco notes framing dried cherry, licorice, orange peel and forest floor flavors. It's harmonious, with a spicy finish. Tempranillo and Garnacha. Drink now through 2026.