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Viña Ardanza Reserva 2016

Viña Ardanza Reserva

The classic which never fails

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Spec sheet

TypeRed wine
AllergensContains sulfites
Alcohol contenti14.5%
Production600,000 bottles

The wine

Viña Ardanza is the Rioja Alta’s most well-known brand, the name which has brought the winery most fame and a wine which has continually evolved over the years without losing its widely-known characteristics. A classic Rioja which is an absolute must for your cellar. This is a wine appreciated by virtually all palates, and the outright winner for great occasions and big celebrations.

What does this wine taste like?

Viña Ardanza is a very fruit-forward, fresh and spicy wine. You’ll enjoy its sweet touches of cherries, wild berries and cinnamon, along with its notes of tobacco leaf and black pepper. On the nose, it’s elegant and intense. On the palate, it’s rounded, elegant and silky, with an aftertaste dominated by fruit liqueur and roasted hints as a result of spending three years ageing in American oak and a lengthy stay in bottle.

Picota cherry red
Cherries / Cassis / Black pepper / Tobacco / Nutmeg / Toffee / Vanilla
Fresh on entry / Flavoursome / Elegant tannins / Balanced

Drinking and storing

Serve between 17ºC and 18ºC

Food pairing

Red meat
Cured cheeses
Sausages and ham

Grills / Roasts / Small game / Cured cheeses

Ratings and awards

201694+ PK95 SK94 DC
201594 PK94 PN96 SK90 DC94 TA
201294 PK93 PN95 SK
201095 PK18+ JR94 PN96 SK
200993+ PK17+ JR93 PN96 SK
200893 PK17+ JR94 PN94 SK
PK: ParkerJR: Jancis robinsonPN: PeñínSK: SucklingDC: DecanterTA: Tim atkin

Wine critics reviewsReviews by Parker and Jancis Robinson

I tasted two vintages of their sleek and polished blend of Tempranillo and Garnacha, the oldest of which is the 2015 Viña Ardanza Reserva. It's a blend of 78% Tempranillo and 22% Garnacha (because they found that they needed a little more volume in the wine) from a powerful, warm and ripe year, very interesting to compare with the 2016. They consider 2015 a very good vintage; they compare it with 2001, a year when they produced all the wines. There are three wines from 2015, and there is something in common in all thee wines. The grapes were picked in mid-October and put through optical sorting to ferment followed by malolactic until the end of the year. The wine matured in used American oak barrels—the Tempranillo for 36 months with six manual rackings and the Garnacha for 30 months with five rackings. I find it to be more tertiary, with hints of leather and cured meat and a little wild, very spicy. It has a powerful palate with plenty of tannin, and it even feels that it needs some more polishing of perhaps powerful food... The final blend was bottled in September 2019. No 2013 or 2014 were produced. 300,000 bottles produced.

— Luis Gutiérrez (14/07/2022)Robert Parker Wine Advocate Vintage 2015 - 94 PARKER

Shaded transparent ruby with shaded rust-coloured rim. Warm, gentle nose that 's like a cocktail of strawberries, cream and subtle vanilla. Pure traditional rioja that's already giving pleasure but, on the basis of past performance, this is only at the start of a glorious life. Just the right mix of broad, ripe fruit and subtle refreshment. So clean! Dry, refreshing finish. GV - Good value.

— Jancis Robinson (22/05/2020) Vintage 2010 - 18+ JANCIS ROBINSON

Customer reviews

216 reviews


Harvesting by hand usually begins in the middle of October and the grapes are transferred to the winery while refrigerated, in order to preserve all their aromatic complexity. Once there, the must ferments at a controlled temperature and malolactic fermentation lasts until the end of the year. In March, the best wines are selected to start their barrel ageing: the Tempranillo for 36 months and the Garnacha for 30, both in American oak and in barrels used for 2, 3, 4 or more wines. During that time 5 or 6 rackings will be carried out; among other things, this allows a gradual cleaning of the wines and keeps them aerated for their proper evolution. Once both ageing periods have come to an end, the two wines are blended and proceed to bottling.

Vinification materialWood
Ageing periodBetween 30 and 36 months
Barrel ageSemi-new
Type of woodAmerican oak


La Cuesta / Montecillo / La Pedriza

The Tempranillo grapes (80%) come from vines aged more than 30 years old, planted in the La Cuesta and Montecillo estates, in Fuenmayor and Cenicero; the Garnacha (20%) comes from La Pedriza in Tudelilla (Rioja Oriental), an estate lying at 550 metres above sea level with the ground covered in pebbles. The poor soils restrict yields, but ensure the fruit is of exceptional quality.

Vine age30 years
YieldsLow yields

The winery

La Rioja Alta

La Rioja Alta

La Rioja Alta is one of Rioja's historic wineries, creator of such emblematic brands as Viña Ardanza, Viña Arana, Viña Alberdi, Gran Reserva 890 and Gran Reserva 904. All its wines are excellent and clearly exemplify what it means to be a great classic Rioja today, in the present. Their wines are elegant, complex and sophisticated like those of yesteryear, but with more body, colour and robustness, wines adapted to today's gastronomic demands. In short, a...