2001 Vina Ardanza Reserva Especial

Rioja Alta; La

94Average Score
flagRioja / Spain

Deep red. Sexy, intensely perfumed bouquet of ripe raspberry and cherry with suggestions of potpourri, sandalwood and vanilla. Shows more power and darker fruits on the palate, picking up a touch of singed plum that adds a serious quality to the sweet black raspberry and cherry flavors without costing the wine any of its vibrancy. The long, sweet finish hangs on with very good tenacity. (I also had the chance to revisit some earlier vintages during my recent visit to La Rioja Alta. The 1995 Gran Reserva 890 is showing superb complexity right now, offering exotic floral and spice character and impressive bright minerality. It's destined for a very long life. The 1997 Gran Reserva 904 is more extroverted, showing a riper, darker cast to its fruit but with finesse to burn. There's no way I'd have guessed that these two wines were a decade and a half old.) Sep 2010, www.vinous.com

Josh Raynolds    Score: 92/100

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