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2001 La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Reserva Especial Rioja

Winery: La Rioja Alta
Style: Red Wine
Varietal: Red Blend
Region: Rioja
Size: 750 ml
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SKU# T01-000

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: 93 points

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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.) (Europvin USA Van Nuys CA)

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4.0 of 5 Stars excellent value
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big oaky [american] tempranillio with a bit of garanacha on the back - this is an extraordinarily pleasing bottle of wine - with the correct treatment... I have had on 2 separate occasions, and accounting for some bottle and cork variation - I can say that it needs to be decanted and let breath a minimum of 2 hours, pref 3. On open it is acidic, overblown and overripe, after 1-2 hours the oak takes over and buries a lot of the other flavors; around hour 3 the wine mellows a lot and become a lengthy, nicely aged wine with a rich tempranillo character - was a real crowd pleaser. [side note there IS some bottle variation - we noticed the second bottle to be of a lighter color and quality which was more accessible earlier/sooner but did not pack the punch of the first bottle - although still very good.] I would say a solid 92 on a 100 pt scale, and one the best values for anything with an 'aged' character

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4.5 of 5 Stars Average rating: 4.25(12 ratings)