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2010 La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Seleccion Especial (750ml)

Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain

B-21 Top Recommendation
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In 1890, while phylloxera was ravaging the vineyards of Bordeaux, five of the most important vineyard owners in Spain joined forces to create one inclusive Bodega. One of La Rioja Alta's founding members, Daniel Alfredo Ardanza y Sánchez merged his vineyards with the Bodega in 1904, a move commemorated by the cuvee 904, and one which brought a bevy of premium vineyards from the Rioja Alta district to the company. By the 1940s, La Rioja Alta SA was formed, Señor Ardanza's contribution to the organization formally recognized.

In addition to the Cuvee 904, Señor Ardanza's importance to the company is recognized by what many consider the most classic – yet modern – cuvee in the stable; the Viña Ardanza. Estate grown Tempranillo grapes from decades-old parcels in the Finca La Cuesta as well as Montecillo vineyards near Cenicero (among LRA's oldest estate-owned vineyards) and head-pruned Garnacha from La Pedriza in Tudelilla (another of LRA's oldest parcels, perched at 2,000 feet elevation) come together in perfect vintages to produce Viña Ardanza. Traditional to the core – aged according to LRA's exacting standards – it's the Garnacha and a slight nod to modernity which give this stunning value its unique place among LRA's cuvees.

For 2010, Mother Nature gave LRA an incredible Garnacha harvest, yielding the highest rated Viña Ardanza to date. We're thrilled to bring this beauty – and smashing value – to you today. Stock up!


Dried cherries, cedar, sandalwood, tar, treacle tart, cinnamon and vanilla. Medium body, fine-grained and very silky tannins for a wine of almost 10 years of age, bright and transparent acidity and a long, very spicy finish. Like going back in time and touching an ornate tapestry. The texture is mesmerizing. Drink now.

96 points, James Suckling (Dec 2019)

2010 was a great vintage in Rioja in general and seems to be exceptional here, with a 2010 Viña Ardanza Selección Especial (what used to be Reserva Especial) that can challenge any of the recent vintages and hopefully can develop in bottle to reach the heights of years like 1973 or 1964. The wine is expressive, aromatic, very elegant and clean, with classical Rioja aromas of long aging in barrel and slow oxidation through the years in wood. The palate is polished and sleek but shows plenty of energy, with very fine, mostly resolved tannins and very good harmony and persistence. There is great complexity, and you could start smelling spice and smoke to move to earthy tones, hints of beef blood, cherries in liqueur, curry, diesel, old furniture and forest floor. A great Viña Ardanza! They have managed to produce 600,000 bottles of this—and apparently in one single lot. It was bottled in May 2015.

95 points, Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate (Issue # 243 - Jun 2019)

Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%

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