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La Rioja Alta Vina Aardanza


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Critic Score
Tempranillo: 80%, Grenache/Garnacha: 20%
User Rating
4.1 Stars
Alcohol %
Pair With
Meat, Game, Cheese, Roast, Meatsnacks, Sausages
Rioja, Rioja Alta
Color: Wine red ruby with orange trim. Taste: The taste of wine is pleasant, seductive, with good structure, balanced acidity, sweet, polished tannins and a long finish, which felt notes of black fruit and spicy woody nuances. Aroma: The wine has a clean, lively, intense aroma with notes of black fruits, coconut, black pepper and vanilla, complemented by balsamic and spicy nuances. Gastronomy: Wine is the perfect accompaniment to grilled meats, roasts, small game, mature cheeses, cold meats and other dishes.
Critic Scores & User Ratings are based on an aggregated international Global Wine Score (GWS).
La Rioja Alta Vina Aardanza - Item Code: 08451

La Rioja Alta Vina Aardanza is a medium intensity, pomegranate red with cherry rim. The nose stands out for its fresh and spicy character, with notes of cherry, red currant and ripe strawberry, picked with notes of black pepper, sweet licorice, nutmeg, coffee, mocha and cinnamon. Intense and well balanced in the mouth, with soft freshness, pleasant structure and delicate elegant tannins. Silky finish, with a good finish, where sweet red fruit and balsamic notes give it a wide finish.

Pair this La Rioja Alta Vina Aardanza with roasted lamb, red meat, barbecue, thick game, spicy fish casseroles, smoked and aged cheese.

Quality always in evolution, elegance, innovation… They are the pillars on which the five founding families built our winery in 1890 and built a way of life, sensitivity and production of wines of the highest quality, which continue to evolve subtly, adapting perfectly to new tastes. Thus began a constant search for excellence; a search that continues with equal enthusiasm until the XXI century. We draw from the best of our winemaking tradition and wisdom – our own cooperage, hand-made cooperage, long ageing period, etc. – and combine it with the most modern winemaking technologies. Today, our wines are international examples of great wines from Rioja, and our brands are present in the best restaurants of all continents.

Rioja is undoubtedly the best wine producing region in Spain and one of the two regions classified under the Denominación de origen Classification (DOCa) system. Its two most important red grapes are Tempranillo and Garnacha.

Although Rioja red wines are highly appreciated, Spanish wines tend to offer a big bang for the dollar, which allows you to enjoy quality wine without breaking the bank!

Notes from the Producer: La Rioja Alta

Optimal ripening balance was achieved because to favorable weather that allowed for good canopy growth and plant health throughout the growing cycle. Fresh, delicate wines with a strong fruit load, extremely smooth, balanced tannins, and a remarkable ability to age were produced under these ideal circumstances.

Our Cuesta (Cenicero) and Montecillo (Fuenmayor) vineyards produce Tempranillo (78%) from 30-year-old vines. The Garnacha (22%) comes from La Pedriza, a 40-hectare farm in Tudelilla, Rioja Oriental, with ideal growth circumstances for this varietal.

“We began harvesting in mid-October. We physically picked the grapes and transported them to the winery in refrigerated trucks, where they were subjected to our stringent optical screening procedure, which examined each and every berry for the first time in the brand’s history. Malolactic fermentation ended at the end of the year, and alcoholic fermentation took place spontaneously. The selected wines were placed in barrels in March 2016 to begin maturing separately: the Tempranillo for 36 months, with six manual rackings, in American oak barrels averaging four years old; the Garnacha for 30 months, with five manual rackings, in American oak barrels with two and three wines. In September of this year, the final blend was bottled.”

Discover Rioja Wines

Rioja is a Spanish wine area where grapes are produced in the autonomous community of La Rioja and Navarre, as well as the Basque province of Lava. Rioja is split into three zones: Alta Rioja, Oriental Rioja, and Alavesa Rioja. Many wines have historically combined grape varieties from all three areas, but single-zone wines are becoming more popular.

Rioja is made from a variety of grapes, with Tempranillo being the most prominent. Garnacha is often used to give fruitiness to the mix; Mazuelo (sometimes called as Cariena) and Graciano may also be used.

Rioja wine, like Cabernet Sauvignon, is renowned for its structure and tannins, but it also has a fruity flavor. This makes it ideal for wine lovers who like Cabernet but also want to taste the strong cherry flavor found in Pinot Noir wines.

Rioja is as age-worthy as Bordeaux and Burgundy wines, although it is less well-known than its more well-known counterparts. This means that a fantastic bottle of age-worthy Rioja can be had for a fraction of the price of a comparable bottle of Bordeaux or Burgundy. Rioja wine, like many other Old World wines, gets its name from the Rioja area where it is produced.

About the Producer: La Rioja Alta S.A.

La Rioja Alta is one of the largest properties in the Rioja region, formed in 1890 by the five Rioja and Basque families. It is especially known for its classic spicy red Gran Reserva varieties, which can age gracefully for many decades. The winery shares its name with the Rioja Alta (Alto Rioja) sub-region where many of its factories are located. The property consists of approximately 400 hectares (1000 acres) of vineyards around Rioja, planted mainly in Tempranillo, but with many other varieties, including Graziano, Garnacha and Mazuelo. The original La Rioja Alta winery is in Haro, but there is a second site at Labastide in Rioja Alavesa that was built in 1996. The Haro Winery includes a copper barrel, where the barrels are made from American oak. The best wine from La Rioja Alta is the Gran Reserva 890. It is made from selected bunches and ages for about six years in barrels for the first use. Gran Reserva 904, the second wine, is aged for four years in oak and contains the same amount of Tempranillo as 890 - about 90 percent. La Rioja Alta also produces a wide variety of Reserva and Viña Ardanza wines with a higher proportion of Garnacha. Two other wines, Viña Arana and Viña Alberdi, complete the offer. The Sociedad Vinicola de La Rioja Alta was founded in 1890, and in 1904 the Ardanza winery joined La Rioja Alta. The two best wines on the farm are named after these dates. Grupo La Rioja Alta also owns the Torre de Onha property in the Alavesa sub-region in Rioja, Aster in the Ribera del Duero and Lagar de Cervera in the Rías Baixas region of Galicia.

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