(80% tempranillo and 20% garnacha): Vivid ruby-red. Suave, spicy red fruit preserve and potpourri scents are complicated by notes of vanilla, licorice and mocha. Sappy, focused and energetic, offering sweet raspberry and cherry-cola flavors that are given lift by juicy acidity. Impressively pure and penetrating on the finish, which leaves floral pastille and smoky mineral notes behind.
Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: September/October 2013
Wine Spectator | Rating: 94
Cedar, tobacco and spice hints frame dried cherry, berry and vanilla notes in this silky red. The flavors mingle nicely, framed by juicy acidity and light but firm tannins. The wine has a lovely, weightless intensity. A fine example of the traditional style.
Author: Thomas Matthews
Wine Advocate | Rating: 93
The 2004 Vina Ardanza is a blend of 80% Tempranillo and 20% Garnacha from 30-year-old vines in Fuenmayor and Cenicero. It is aged for 36 months in four-year-old American oak. It has a very enticing bouquet with dark cherry, Christmas cake, dried fig and espresso with fine delineation and bags of exuberance. The palate is medium-bodied with taut tannins, underpinned by a keen citric thread that cuts through the licorice-tinged, dark berry and allspice-tinged fruit with style. It is simply delicious on the bittersweet finish.
Crimson in color. Low rim variation. Slow legs. Coffee, Espresso, Vanilla and Berry nose. Strawberry, Coffee, Cedar, Vanilla flavor. Light/Medium bodied. Silky, Smooth, Polished, Juicy, Bright texture. Sweet on the mid-palate. Light grip and acidity. Very enjoyable, Gracefully aged. Perfect with mildly spicy pasta or cured meats. Suave and sophisticated. Great buy.
Drink Dates: 2014-2018
Author: Stefan N
Self | Rating: 90
Needed a lot of air to come around. Was better after three hours
Self | Rating: 92
nose full leather floral barnyardy palate pepper moca smooth tannins leather long good
Drink Dates: 2008-2020
Self | Rating: 91
very classic Rioja Alta wine with a little more body than others (like rioja alta 904) with hefty tannins...I would like more settle time like 2 yrs minimum.
Drink Dates: 2014-2029
Self | Rating: 94
Wine Spectator: Cedar, tobacco and spice hints frame dried cherry, berry and vanilla notes in this silky red. The flavors mingle nicely, framed by juicy acidity and light but firm tannins. The wine has a lovely, weightless intensity. A fine example of the traditional style. Drink now through 2020. 50,000 cases made.
Drink Dates: 2014-2020
Self | Rating: 92
With the age of this wine, the flavors and tannins have blended well. Very smooth, with cola, vanilla and a hint of spice & caramel. Medium body with very smooth tannins.