At times I get too caught up to really live life; worrying about my kids, my job, stressing out that I may never having enough time to get things done that I absolutely “have” to do. But this is what great wine does: it takes you to another place, to another state of mind. And recently, La Rioja Alta S.A. “Vina Ardanza” Rioja Reserva 2001 took me to just such a moment.
This is a classic, but powerful Rioja from Haro in the Rioja Alta. The blend is mostly Tempranillo, with 20% made up with Garnacha gown in the Rioja Baja. It is a beautifully colored wine with aromas of spice, wood, earth, fig, and an intoxicating balsamic. There is an intense acidity, balanced perfectly with rich fruit, and dusty complexity that transports you away.Next time you need to take five, take a peek through your cellar, wine cabinet, or nearby fine wine retailer and find a bottle that can take you there.
Sláinte! TCW (with help from The Broke Wino)