La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Reserva Rioja 2012 is once again exquisite and for one week only we are offering an extra dollar a bottle off on a solid case (12 bottles). That comes down to only $28.97 a bottle, lowest price in New York! This is a web exclusive discount, it cannot be applied in the store.
This historic cuvée first saw the light in 1942, and while it has evolved over its 75-plus-year history, one of its distinguishing features has long been a healthy dollop (nowadays around 20%) of Garnacha from the Rioja Baja. This Garnacha and the 80% of Alta-district Tempranillo representing the remainder of the blend ferment separately in temperature-controlled stainless steel. After malo, the juice descends for its three-year passage in all-American white oak barrels (second- to fourth-use on average). Manual rackings are frequent, though slightly less so with the more oxidative Garnacha. After the final blending is made and the wine goes into a bottle, the market is still far away—typically four years or so. Thus is a classic born.
La Rioja Alta’s wines are still crafted in the traditional Rioja manner. The bodega is adamant about not using French oak, keeping the unique Rioja style which has been developed since the end of the 19th century. In spite of the varying amount of time in cask and bottle the wines all display a wonderful rich ruby colour, gorgeous aromas of oak, spices and fruit followed by a sensational feel on the palate, with a wonderful smooth texture, clean rich oaky/fruity flavours and a long lingering finish.
La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Reserva Rioja 2012 BOTTLE
Shelf Price $35.99
Sale Price $29.97
La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Reserva Rioja 2012 CASE
Shelf Price $431.88
Sale Price $347.64
Solid Case Price $28.97 a bottle
80% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha sourced from the prized Finca la Pedrizavineyard.
94 pts Wine Advocate
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!
95 pts 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.