LA RIOJA ALTA Rioja Reserva 'Vina Ardanza' 2012 Bottle
Red Still Wine | Spain | Rioja | 75cl
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Closure Type: Cork
Wine Style: Full Bodied
Grapes: Grenache, Tempranillo
The 2010 is particularly remarkable as it has been declared a 'Selección Especial'. This is the highest praise from the winemakers, a title only awarded to the wines and vintages that they rank among the best ever made. For Ardanza, this is only the fourth vintage to win the title, alongside the legendary 1964, 1973, and 2001. Viña Ardanza 2010 is a blend of 80% Tempranillo from the La Cuesta and Montecillo vineyards in the Rioja Alta subregion, and 20% Garnacha from La Perdriza in Rioja Oriental. This Garnacha is the key to Ardanza's structure, aromatics, and concentration: these vines are actually higher in altitude than most of the Rioja Alta subzone, and sit on barren, free-draining soils made up with large pudding-stones similar to Châteauneuf-du-Pape. These two varieties are harvested and vinified separately, ageing around three years in American oak barrels which are produced in-house by La Rioja Alta S.A.'s own cooperage. During the maturation, the wine is racked by hand and by candlelight; La Rioja Alta S.A. are one of the handful of producers still to use this traditional technique.
Roast lamb served with sauce/gravy (medium to well done) is a richer and more complex in flavour and will require a heavier red wine.
An ideal paring would be a younger vintage of a Bordeaux blend (Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc) which is fruit driven rather than overly mature. It’s rich tannins will make the meat feel more tenderer and the complexity from oak aging will pair beautifully with herbs and spices of the dish. A good quality Sangiovese from Tuscany or a complex Rioja Reserva will work equally well. This mesmerizing wine from La Rioja Alta will be simply perfect.