La Rioja Alta is inarguably one of the greatest producers of Spain's most important and historic region. One of the great old bodegas of the 19th century, La Rioja Alta has survived phylloxera, civil and world war, economic boom and bust; yet it stands today - a modern success that pays tribute to the great tradition of Spanish wine.

The estate owns over 300 hectares of pristine vineyards in Rioja Alta and Rioja Baja. In Rioja Alta, row after row of perfectly manicured Tempranillo are grown sustainably in renowned villages like Fuenmayor, Labistida, Briones and Cenicero. In Rioja Baja, old goblet trained Grenache vines struggle to produce minuscule amounts of fruit to be used solely for blending in the Viña Ardanza.

All of the grapes are picked by hand and transported to the recently built, state-of-the-art winery in Haro. The modern technology and pristine conditions employed here allow for clean, consistent, temperature-controlled fermentations. Thirty-two of the original fermenting vats are still used for malolactic fermentations, and wines see only American oak. The upper level cuvees are aged for years in the tunnels below the historic winery before release. The wine all display a wonderfully rich, ruby color with aromas of oak, spices and fruit; an elegant and smooth texture on the palate; and a long, lingering finish. They are all ready to consume upon release, but will keep for many more years in bottle.

2010 VIÑA ALBERDI RESERVA

91   

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95   

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2007 VIÑA ARDANZA RESERVA  

94   

WA

V

92   

2007 GRAN RESERVA 904

95

WA

97

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2004 GRAN RESERVA 890

94+

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