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Viña Ardanza Reserva 2008
This dark cherry red wine reveals a complex interplay of fragrances. Ripe fruits mix with spicy notes, balsamic accents, as well as cinnamon and chocolate aromas. Powerful and very harmonious on the palate, almost palatable. The tannins are wonderfully integrated, and the wine looks round, delicate and successful. Very long and aromatic in the aftertaste, so its popularity is not at all surprising.
95 points Decanter The best classic style of Grenache and Tempranillo pulling together joyful fruit expression and serious depth. In the mouth, it is amazingly complex and so unique. A benchmark Rioja blend. SJE: A rich, sweet and savoury Reserva style with all the red cherries and a strong Grenache influence. It is somewhat old-fashioned, in a good way, with plentiful integrated oak and a fine rasp of tannin. PM: This has a wonderful oxidative style, giving it a superb savoury nose of leather. It is a perfect combination of mellowness versus vigour, and at the same time exudes great finesse. (12/2016)
94 points James Suckling | 93 points John Gilman | 93 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate