La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Reserva Especial 2001 Rioja
One of only a handful of great Rioja vintages to be declared 'especial' by the venerable La Rioja Alta estate, this beautifully mature wine is a masterclass in Rioja. Opening with bright rapsberry and strawberry fruit alongside the cedarwood and coconut of the oak, this shifts in the glass, taking on mushroom, smoky paprika, balsamic and rooibos tea notes with air as the ripe fruit and sweet spiciness of the oak subsides. Made to a highly traditional method with 80% tempranillo and 20% garnacha, matured in 100% American oak barrels for two and a half years, the winemaker considers this to be the greatest vintage the estate has produced in living memory. Ready to drink now, this will also continue to age harmoniously. We have tiny quantities available, so get this Rioja icon while you can.