(From 2007 Vintage) After a year without getting Garnacha grapes of sufficient quality to make the Viña Ardanza, in 2007 we found that both this grape variety and the Tempranillo were optimal. The Tempranillo grapes (80%) come from our 30-year-old La Cuesta and Montecillo vineyards, located in Fuenmayor y Cenicero. The Garnacha grapes (20%) come from old, goblet-trained vines planted at an altitude of 600 m in Tudelilla (Rioja Baja), in plots adjacent to our Finca La Pedriza vineyard.
The color is bright cherry red. The aroma combines sweet hints of spice from the oak with the ripe fruit of the grapes. The flavor in the mouth is at first warm, gaining in body and strength and long persistence. Perhaps the 1993 vintage has a touch more acidity than some recent ones. Our Ardanza vineyard is of some 50 hectares at Fuenmayor and planted with Tempranillo. It was from there and surrounding areas that the Tempranillo grapes for this wine were sourced. The Garnacha came from the Rioj...