La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Reserva 2009
Red cherry in colour with a brick tinge, an expressive nose reveals sweet cherry fruit with vanilla spice, complemented by a lifted perfume of wild strawberry and red roses, courtesy of the Garnacha. Immediately supple in texture, there’s a warming richness across the palate which is laden with intense flavours of mulberry, damson, and coffee bean - owing to the generosity of the vintage. The tannins are present but ripe with a slight flintiness. A rasping cherry acidity maintains the composure of this alluring Rioja, emerging with savoury characteristics of cured meat and Asian spices towards the finish. Wonderfully balanced, this will be delicious to enjoy from summer 2018, but will develop further complexities over the coming 5-8 years if you can allow it!