La Rioja Alta Viña Ardanza Reserva Review
The 2015 vintage is the current release for this wine. For people unfamiliar with older wines, or those who lack the patience or space to cellar wines themselves, Rioja is a great way to experience aged wine.
Wine review by: Jessyca Frederick |
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About this Wine
Wine: 2012 Viña Ardanza Reserva
Blend: 78% Tempranillo and 22% Garnacha (Grenache)
Region: Rioja Alta, Rioja, Spain
Retail price: $36
I consumed it: April 2022
My source: The Decanter Magazine Wine Club by Wine Access
From this winery: La Rioja Alta
Wine color/style: Red wine
Grape variety or blend: Red blend
Other characteristics: Aged
Viña Ardanza Reserva: What I think
An interesting experience, to be sure. Rioja is an area in Spain with strict definitions about how a wine is labeled — different requirements for time spent in oak barrels and in bottle before release. Rioja Alta (both a region and the winery which produces this wine) is an insider favorite, typically because it offers such great drinking value and ageability.
One of the great things about any of the wine clubs from Wine Access is that you frequently receive wines that have already been aged a little — this wine is an example of what we call a “back vintage” because the 2015 vintage is the current release for this wine. For people unfamiliar with older wines, or those who lack the patience or space to cellar wines themselves, Rioja is a great way to experience aged wine.
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