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
TASTING NOTES 2012 - "Outstandingly bright, lively and intense garnet red, with an incipient cherry red rim. The first nose is very intense, with spicy, balsamic and ripe fruit notes. After swirling, aromas of black pepper, sweet liquorice, nutmeg, coffee, vanilla and cinnamon make their appearance. Mouth full of flavours, with a pleasant acidity and balance, and very polished tannins that enhance the harmonious structure. Complex and elegant aftertaste with spicy and balsamic hints. To enjoy right now, but with a long life ahead."
FOOD PAIRING: Roast lamb, red meats, barbecues, large game, spicy fish casseroles, smoked and aged cheeses.
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.