80% Tempranillo & 20% Garnacha
Astounding value in old-fashioned Rioja, this 2009 Vina Ardanza is intense stuff. It offers staggering depth in the classical Rioja characters – rich red fruits, spice and gamey tocacco wrapped in vanilla tones from the traditional use of American oak. This ready to drink, nine year old cultural treasure is a steal.
95/100 Tim Atkin MW (2009 Vintage)
"Ardanza is a classic, pan-regional Rioja, blending Tempranillo from the Rioja Alta with 20% Garnacha from Tudelilla in the Rioja Oriental. It’s a richer, plusher wine than the 2008, reflecting the warmer vintage, but it’s not remotely ponderous. Floral, fine and very complete with fennel and sweet Asian spices, tangy acidity and deftly handled American oak. Drink 2018 – 2026."
93+/100 Luis Guttierez, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2009 Vintage)
"The current vintage of one of the flagship wines from La Rioja Alta is the 2009 Viña Ardanza Reserva, the second year it has contained 20% Garnacha grapes from their estate vineyards in La Pedriza in the village of Tudelilla in Rioja Baja. The Tempranillo comes from vineyards averaging 30 years of age in Fuenmayor and Cenicero. The hand-harvested bunches were sorted and put in boxes, transferred to the winery at 14 degrees Celsius to be destemmed and crushed, then the grapes fermented in stainless steel, including malolactic. The two varieties were aged separately, 36 months in used American oak barrels for Tempranillo and 30 months for Garnacha, and racked every six months. It was initially closed, shy and serious, riper and a little darker than the 2008 but still very balanced, serious and harmonious. The palate combines power with elegance, with some tannins, focused flavours, some chalky texture and a rustic touch that gives it character. 600,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in May 2014. Drink 2018 – 2034."
93/100 Jamie Goode, September 2019 (2009 Vintage)
"100% from own vineyards this year as Pedriza comes on stream with good quality Garnacha. Lovely ripe yet structured cherry and berry fruits with a nice mouthfeel. Has some lushness and some spicy complexity with good depth, some spicy structure, and a bit of evolution. Ripe, warm and generous but also with harmony."
17/20 Jancis Robinson (2009 Vintage)
"Deep crimson. Heady sweet and savoury nose with real depth and sweetness. Rewarding. Lip smacking. Rich underneath but with a tobacco leaf twist at the end. Not the most intense vintage of this I have tasted."