Region: Rioja, Spain
La Rioja Alta Viña Ardanza 2012
78% Tempranillo and 22% Garnacha.
Outstandingly bright, lively and intense garnet red, with an incipient cherry red rim.
The first nose is very intense, with spicy, balsamic and ripe fruit notes. After swirling, aromas of black pepper, sweet liquorice, nutmeg, coffee, vanilla and cinnamon make their appearance. Mouth full of flavours, with a pleasant acidity and balance, and very polished tannins that enhance the harmonious structure. Complex and elegant aftertaste with spicy and balsamic hints. To enjoy right now, but with a long life ahead.
Pairing suggestions: Roasted lamb, red meats, barbecues, large game, spicy fish casseroles, smoked and aged cheeses.