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Two more classic Rioja producers, lovingly collected by our friend the Rioja fanatic. Both were founded in 1890 and are about the same size (with about 45,000 barrels in their cellars!), and both have tenaciously maintained the very high quality of their traditional wines. Nothing is released until it is deemed ready to drink, and the wines age beautifully, a la Lopez. And considering the quality, they provide amazing value; a brilliant wine like the Rioja Alta 2001 Ardanza Riserva Especial more than stands up to the competion.
890 refers to the foundation year of 1890 (again the name was shortened to avoid confusion with the vintage). 890 is made only in the best vintages from 95% Tempranillo, with Graciano and Mencia making up the rest, and is aged in barrel from 6-8 years, and an additional 6 years in bottle.
We sampled this at an in-store tasting and this wine was wholly alive, complex and immensely pleasurable. Monte Real is single vineyard and makes full-bodied long lasting wines. This showed black fruits, tar, and black truffle flavors. There is seamless texture here and great length. A steal in our mature wines category! cb
1904 was a great vintage in Rioja, and the year that Ardanza joined the company; 904 honors the year and the event (the 1 in the date was dropped to avoid confusion between the vintage and the label). 904 is 90% Tempranillo and 10% Garnacha, aged 4 years in American oak.
Vina Ardanza is named after one of the founding partners of La Rioja Alta; aged for 36 months in used American oak barrels, with about 20% Garnacha. While the aging regime for Ardanza qualifies it as a Gran Reserva, it is labeled as Reserva; 2001 was only the 3rd vintage to be designated ‘Reserva Especial’.