Vina Ardanza, Reserva Especial, Rioja Alta, Rioja AOC, Spain, 13.5% abv, US $32

Purchased in New Haven, Connecticut, this is an 80% Tempranillo and 20% Garnacha blend made only in special vintages – 1964, 1973 and this 2001 example.

The wine has a clear, deep, rich garnet core moving to a thick bricked ruby rim with noticeable legs.  The nose is developing and has medium plus intensity with aromas of kirsch with dusty red fruit including strawberry, red plum and black cherry.

The palate is dry and has better than average acidity, silky tannins and medium plus – but integrated – alcohol. The flavours have medium plus intensity and are full of floral tones with more strawberry, plum and field berries.  The finish is relatively long.

This wine is so full of fruit and still has reasonable tannins to help it age. Drink now but may be kept for up to 5 more years.

Enjoy it if you can find it.  Absolutely sublime – WSET Very Good.


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