Moxie and I are moving house next week so we are raiding the freezer and drinking all the un-tried wines. Tonight is grilled Hangar steak and this Tempranillo from Spain. Deep garnet colored, it shows its age and it’s 14.5% ABV with some thick legs in the glass. The nose is beautiful aged Rioja. Leather, tobacco, dried blackberry, stewed black plum, dark chocolate, game and prune. The palate is dry and tart with fine grained, well integrated tannins. Full bodied, this wine coats my mouth with flavors of dried and stewed black fruits, charred oak and dried, dusty bramble. The leather and tobacco are still evident as is some red fruit; stewed strawberry? The finish is medium in length and the fine tannins are tickling the roof of my mouth. I like this wine but feel it is at peak if not slightly past, which is quite young for a Reserva. 92 points for this $30 bottle makes it a 5 star effort, drink till 2025. Salut….
La Rioja Alta S.A. Vina Ardanza Reserva 2015, Rioja DOCa, Spain
23 Thursday Jun 2022