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La Rioja Alta, S.A. Releases Limited Collection of Viña Ardanza Reserva 2000

 La Rioja Alta, S.A., one of the world’s most iconic Rioja producers, is releasing a limited collection of its seventeen-year-old Viña Ardanza Reserva 2000 into the US market.

Over the last 75 years, Viña Ardanza has become synonymous with excellence in Rioja and been recognized by both critics and enthusiasts for its elegance and extraordinary aging potential. This limited release of the 2000 vintage comes 10 years after the wine was first introduced into the US market in 2007, offering wine lovers a rare opportunity to experience its evolution.

“When we first produced this wine in 2000, it possessed all the characteristics that have come to define Viña Ardanza – balance, power, elegance – and we immediately became aware of its tremendous aging potential,” says Julio Saenz, winemaker for La Rioja Alta, S.A.

 

“After tasting the wine in 2015, and again in 2016, we discovered how beautifully it has aged in the bottle,” he continues. “It has gained complexity and aromatic elegance, while maintaining freshness on the palate from its higher acidity… It’s the perfect representation of how gracefully Rioja can age without becoming decrepit in the process.”

In echoing Saenz’s remarks, Guillermo de Aranzabal, President of La Rioja Alta, S.A., comments “the limited release of Viña Ardanza Reserva 2000 doesn’t only celebrate the ageability of the wine, but is symbolic of our own evolution over the last 75 years… Our approach to producing the highest quality wines has evolved over time, but our pursuit of excellence and commitment to quality remains constant.”

Upon release, single bottles (750ml) of the Viña Ardanza Reserva 2000 will retail for $125.00, and 6-bottle cases packaged in varnished wooden boxes will retail for $750.00.

The 2000 vintage was born from a careful selection of Tempranillo (80%) and Garnacha (20%) grapes sourced from the winery’s vineyards in Rioja. Following stainless steel fermentation, the wine spent 36 months aging in American oak barrels that averaged four years of age.

Weather conditions in Rioja during the 2000 vintage were considered ideal and grapes picked for the wine were in excellent condition, achieving color parameters and sugar levels consistent with the winery’s standards for high quality wine.

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History

Five Riojan and Basque families founded the ‘Sociedad Vinícola de La Rioja Alta’ in Haro's Station Quarter. Our first president was a woman: Doña Saturnina García Cid y Gárate. Monsieur Vigier, a Frenchman, was the House's first winemaker and the Reserva 1890 (predecessor of today's Gran Reserva 890) is the first wine he made. 

Don Alfredo Ardanza, founder of La Rioja Alta and owner the Ardanza winery, proposed a merger of the two companies. To commemorate the event, we produced the Reserva 1904, predecessor of the Gran Reserva 904.

Quality, elegance, innovation, evolution... They are the pillars on which the five founding families erected our winery in 1890 and built a way of living, feeling and producing wines of the highest quality that continue to evolve subtly, perfectly adapting to new tastes.

This is how the permanent pursuit of excellence started; a pursuit that continues into the 21st century with identical enthusiasm. We draw the best from our winemaking tradition and wisdom —our own cooperage, manual racking, long ageing periods, etc.— and combine it with the most modern winemaking technology.

Today, our wines are an international exemplar of the great wines of Rioja and our brands are present in the best restaurants across all continents

 

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Vineyards

We are convinced. A great vineyard is the genesis of an excellent wine. Our particular 'treasure' is over 400 hectares of estate-owned vineyards located in the best terroirs of Rioja.

The Tempranillo variety dominates our plantations, where we also have other local varieties, including Graciano, Garnacha and Mazuelo, which are essential to make our brands and provide them with their marked personality.

Getting and controlling the quality of our grapes is only possible with a limited production (under 5,000 kilos per hectare) and exhaustive control technology applied from the start of the growing cycle until harvest. We also apply cutting-edge technology during vinification, affording us great winemaking flexibility depending on grape variety, the terroir and berry characteristics.

We should highlight our environmental awareness. For example, we do not use aggressive treatments or inorganic fertilisers and we have R&D projects in place to reduce vineyard treatments as much as possible.

 

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Winemaking

In the difficult art of creating great wines, we combine the wisdom of tradition and the state of the art. In addition to the century-old winery in Haro, we have modern facilities located in Labastida where we make wine from our own grapes with the help of the most advanced technology.

Oak is at the core of the ageing process and we therefore manufacture our own barrels —which currently number about 30,000— using completely artisanal methods. With import the wood from the United States and dry it in the open air for two years. Our coopers make every barrel in the cooperage of our hundred-year-old facilities in Haro.

Every six months, we manually rack every barrel under candlelight. It is an art to enhance the development of the wine, removing sediments in a natural way and monitoring each barrel individually.

After a stay in barrels, the wines continue ageing in the bottle, where they polish their personality, rounding off and fully developing all their qualities.

 

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4m 27d ago

 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  1 wines  from  La Rioja Alta . In a tasting of  25 wines 

“Previously, this cuvée was called “Larmandier-Bernier Tradition”, a name that was chosen in the 1970’s by Pierre’s parents.
We decided on “Latitude” since it seemed to give a better description of this cuvée, with its fully round, rich, charming style.
It is composed exclusively of Chardonnays originating from the same “latitude”: the south of Vertus. This is a generous terroir: the cuvée Latitude is the perfect festive Champagne, which still retains the characteristic pureness of our Estate’s Champagnes.
For this cuvée, the grapes were harvested by hand in 2009. Reserve wines made in 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005 and 2004 make up one third of the blend.”

1y 6m ago

 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  La Rioja Alta . In a tasting of  30 wines 

“10 wonderful days in Spain with Family. Here are some of the younger vintages I tasted during those slow and hot days.”

1y 7m ago

 Jan-Erik Paulson, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  La Rioja Alta . In a tasting of  15 wines 

“Jayer Echezeaux 1978 / Decanted for 1hour. Opaque and dark ruby-red colour. Powerful yet discreet bouquet of ripe fruit and mineral scents. Wonderfully rich, thick, earthy and concentrated wine with layer upon layer of ripe, exotic fruit. The Jayer Echezeaux is well-balanced, pure and perhaps slightly more dryer than the 1985. It has an excellent grip and a long, thrilling, fairly tannic finish. 95 points ”

1y 9m ago

 Jason Lee / Sommelier, Pro (China)  tasted  1 wines  from  La Rioja Alta . In a tasting of  18 wines 

“Interesting tasting - we had around 20 wines from WS TOP 100 /2014 and the result were quite different than in the WS ranking -best for us was Fonseca Vintage Port 2011 : Deep, youthful , purple and bright colour. Youthful, refined, opulent and seductive on the nose. The taste is fragrant, focused, well-structured, good texture, concentrated and promising. Long, extensive, pure, a bit spicy and vibrant aftertaste. Well made and already impressive. Decanted over 4h and at best between 2030 and 2050. Costs about 100-200€ per bottle. 95 points”

1y 9m ago

 Thomas Alsgaard, Pro (Norway)  tasted  1 wines  from  La Rioja Alta . In a tasting of  9 wines 

“Graham's 1977 is a superlative, powerful big-hearted Port with rich, complex fruit. Beautifully harmonious and well balanced, this excellent Vintage will make very good drinking between 2000 and 2005, although it has the potential to continue developing in bottle for many years more.
Peter Symington”

1y 10m ago

 Mario Sculatti / Sleeping Lady Vineyard, Wine Maker (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from  La Rioja Alta . In a tasting of  11 wines 

“When I close eyes I can still taste these wines!! I will NEVER forget this tasting, the Birth of the 100 Legends tastings.”

2y 4m ago

 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  La Rioja Alta . In a tasting of  10 wines 

“1999 SOLAIA 92 points
A translucently deep magenta colour. The nose offers a ripe blackcurrant and blueberry berriness, leather, allspice, greens and dark chocolate. The rich flavour has a rather ripe fruitiness and stout tannins, tinged with a note of dark berries, liquorice and spices. The finish is bold, refined and long. An abundance of ripe fruits and soft tannins.

2y 5m ago

 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  La Rioja Alta . In a tasting of  32 wines 

“Tasting a wine as distinctive as Château Mouton-Rothschild is always a very personal experience and thus very subjective, as are the many feelings brought about by it. Each of us experiences the shades and components of the wine through our own taste palette. That is the reason why I have tried to keep in my tasting note descriptions at a rather general level.
Normally I concentrate on describing mainly the present personality and essence of the wine: its acidity, fruitiness, tannins, structure, depth, length, all the factors that affect the wine's balance - and balance in my opinion is the most important quality factor of the wine. Unfortunately, even the best wines can be ruined by treating and storing them in the wrong way, so each tasting note, if not otherwise mentioned, applies only to the bottle being tasted, not the wine in general. If I have succeeded in finding a perfect bottle of wine, it is all the more likely to be perfect for you too.
In my opinion, top mature wines cannot be enjoyed and should not be judged merely as tasting experiences, since the long history and regional culture connected with the wine are part of the wine itself. They bring on a third dimension into enjoying the wine, deepening the pleasure and at the same time creating new history – your own! This weekend was no exception – we really created some new history together.

2y 6m ago

 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  4 wines  from  La Rioja Alta . In a tasting of  30 wines 

“Surprisingly good, or even great La Rioja Alta's wines as well as few Cunes.”

2y 8m ago

 Juha Lihtonen, Sommelier (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  La Rioja Alta . In a tasting of  19 wines 

“A great birthday wine dinner with 25 wines starting from the great champagne – Belle Epoque 1973 (96p) and ending up with lovely sweet temptation – Château Coutet Cuvée Madame 1989 (94p). In between some great Burgundies and Bordeaux. Thanks Juha and Mari for a great setting!”

3y 8m ago

 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from  La Rioja Alta . In a tasting of  30 wines 

“I have been to many great tastings over the years, and a tasting I recently attended was as great as any. It was to celebrate someone’s 50th birthday, a FINE gentleman named Pekka, a gentleman who shares the same passion for wine as I do. Pekka and I are two birds of a feather who like to go deep into the rabbit hole, so when he asked me if I wanted in for his 50th birthday, the answer was obviously yes. When he told me the plan was to have one wine from every vintage in the 20th Century, I changed my answer to ‘Hell Yeah.’”

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