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2005 La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Reserva Magnum

Retail: $74.99

$64.81

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Please note, this product is a 1.5L bottle.

Rating
96 Pts Falstaff Magazine

Color
Red

Size
1.5l

ABV
13.5%

Closure Type
Cork

Vintage
2005

Varietal(s)
Tempranillo / Tinto Fino / Tinta Roriz, Grenache / Garnacha


Organic

BioDynamic

Collectable

Kosher

Sparkling

Dessert


Taste

berry , cherry , plum , earth , leather , herb, black currant, blackberry, dust and leather

Nose

berry , cherry , plum , earth , leather , herb, vanilla, toast, smoke, tobacco, dark fruit and red fruit

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Falstaff Magazine:

"20 percent Garnacha Rioja Baja. 6 Soutiragen. Chocolate, malt, figs, rum, clearly in the tertiary aromas. Present and homogeneous pressure build-up on the palate. Fine-grained tannins, ripe but not prissy acid nerve, mineral foundation. High compression ratio in a rangy, juicy primed style. Pure elegance." --Peter Moser, Reviewed 3/2014

Luis Gutierrez - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:

"Cropped from a vintage deemed almost perfect, the 2005 ViƱa Ardanza Reserva follows the same varietal mix found in the last vintages; 80% Tempranillo and 20% Garnacha. The grapes are always sourced from the same vineyards, 30-year-old Tempranillo from Fuenmayor and Cenicero in Rioja Alta and Garnacha from Tudelilla in Rioja Baja. In the case of the 2005, it was racked six times during its elevage. The one bottle I tasted first was a bit evolved with plenty of cigar ash, incense and leather along with hung game (woodcock came to mind). But the palate was drying out a bit. Another bottle showed much fresher, with a great classical Rioja profile. This is very affordable making it a superb value for what it delivers. 600,000 bottles were produced of the prodigious 2005 vintage. This wine is not produced in 2002, 2003, 2006, 2011 or 2013."

Wine Spectator:

WS Top 100 Wines of 2014, #34

"This traditional red offers dried cherry, orange peel, tobacco and sanguine flavors in a silky texture, supported by light, firm tannins and balsamic acidity. Focused and fresh, with a juicy finish. Drink now. 50,000 cases made."

Josh Raynolds - Vinous Media:

"80% tempranillo and 20% garnacha; aged in used American oak barrels for three years): Deep ruby. Sexy, highly perfumed aromas of red fruit preserves, vanilla, mocha and fresh flowers, with a hint of pipe tobacco coming up with air. Sappy and broad on entry, then more taut in the middle, with sweet cherry-vanilla and spicecake flavors given lift by juicy acidity. Closes smooth, spicy and long, with lingering smokiness and fine-grained tannins adding grip. A touch more lively than the excellent 2004 version of this wine and of equal quality, which makes it an outstanding value in old-school Rioja."

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