La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Reserva Tempranillo Garnacha
$451.20 / case(12)
”the harvest it was a very special year for vina ardanza and the vintage was characterised by high grape quality accompanied by very moderate production. Thanks to exceptional weather throughout the growing cycle the grapes remained in magnificent condition. Our grapes evolved optimally with well-balanced figures for alcohol content and acidity. The garnacha in la pedriza estate particularly benefited from the longer ripening phase. To this we should add the staggered selective harvesting which allowed us to pick each plot as the grapes attained the perfect level of ripeness. The control board gave this vintage an official rating of ‘very good’. Varietal composition the tempranillo grapes (80%) come from our 30-year-old la cuesta and montecillo vineyards located in fuenmayor y cenicero. For the first time in the blend of this brand the garnacha (20%) comes from la pedriza vineyard in tudelilla (rioja baja) at an altitude of 550 m above sea level. This 67 hectare property offers unbeatable conditions for growing this variety. Its nutrient-poor soil covered with boulders results in low grape yields (less than 5000 kg/ha) and significant varietal typicity rich in aromas with a pleasant elegant structure. Vinification we started picking these plots in mid-october. The grapes were harvested manually and transported in refrigerated trucks to the winery. Alcoholic fermentation took place naturally at controlled temperatures. Malolactic fermentation concluded at the end of the year. In march 2009 the selected wines were put in barrels to start ageing separately: the tempranillo for 36 months with six manual rackings in american oak barrels averaging 4 years in age and the garnacha for 30 months with five manual rackings in american oak barrels with two and three wines. The final blend took place after barrel ageing was completed. The wine was bottled in 2013. Tasting notes outstanding dark-cherry red; intense bright and clean. The first impression on the nose is of great freshness provided by notes of cherries and blackcurrants knit with notes of black pepper tobacco nutmeg coffee caramel and vanilla from barrel ageing. Pleasant entry. Tasty with a soft freshness nice structure balanced acidity and fine elegant tannins. Silky finish with a lovely aftertaste where liqueur-like notes of blackcurrants intermingle with toasty notes and sweet spices turning this especial edition of vina ardanza into a fine elegant wine.” – la rioja alta
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