Tim Atkin gave this wine 94/100. James Suckling (one of America’s most influential critics) awarded the same score.
As for us at Vino Vero, we don’t do numerical scores but this one big smiles, bigger slurps and a muttered, ‘bloody hell that’s good.’ For Rioja lovers, this is the real deal.
Ardanza opens with fresh cherry and blackcurrant before the bass notes of spice, caramel and tobacco come through. With nine years of ageing behind it, the acids and tannins are silkily balanced as it builds to a finale of cassis, toast and vanilla.
La Rioja Alta were founded in 1890, when winemaking was an intensive, artisan process. They select grapes by hand, aged them in barrels built on site and meticulously filtering the result by candlelight. Not much has changed, with the addition of some technology to help that natural process along its way.
Grape varieties: Tempranillo, Garnacha