Vintages for Viña Ardanza seem to be going fast. It seems like yesterday that the 2001 was released and now the 2008 Viña Ardanza is already here. This is the first vintage when they have been able to use the fruit from their new Garnacha vineyards in the village of Tudelilla (Rioja Baja), La Pedriza, which represents 20% of the blend complementing the majority of Tempranillo. The wine was put in barrel in March 2009, separately; the Tempranillo was in four-year-old barrels for 36 months with six rackings, and the Garnacha in second and third use barrels for 30 months with five rackings. Vintages might go fast, but the wine does not feel too young, which was my fear. There are notes of stewed meat, cured leather, cloves, other spices and an overall balsamic character. The palate feels solid, consistent, nicely built, with abundant tannins and good balancing acidity. This should stand up to food and be able to develop in bottle.
《La Rioja Alta》 這間傳奇的橡樹河畔酒莊La Rioja Alta是創立於1890年，如今，該酒莊被廣泛認為是該產區最好的酒莊之一，生產著最經典傳統的Rioja 葡萄酒，而這款使用了4年的美國橡木桶陳年，再加上在酒廠存放數年才推出市場。作為一支Rioja區Reserva級別的紅酒，他相比起不少西班牙酒莊的Gran Reserva陳年得更漫長及更認真。而它的Gran Reserva級別，正正是大名鼎鼎的Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904及890，是不少西班牙紅酒愛好者的追求之一。