Vina Ardanza's 2005 Reserva is a complex wine that is already showing so many of the wonderful qualities we have come to expect from this classic Rioja. Masses of dark fruit with measures of dried berries and cherries wrapped up in a silky smooth coat of herbs, spice, smoke and leather. The palate lives up to the hype from the nose and its medium body is held together with fine ripe tannins This is a truly fantastic drinking experience that is excellent now and has plenty of stuffing to last 5-10 years, if you let it. Yet another superb vintage for this magnificent Rioja.
La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Reserva Especial 2004 has a broad, even, mature Burgundian nose, with smoky, savoury and juicy strawberry fruit coming together with superb complexity. Velvety in the middle and classically dry on the finish.