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La Rioja Alta is a very traditional Rioja winery, founded in 1890 in Haro at the heart of the Rioja region. The winery focuses on making red wines, mostly from Tempranillo with some Mazuelo and Graciano used, while Garnacha is also grown fro use in making their Vina Ardanza. Unusually for a Bodega of its size La Rioja Alta owns its own vineyards, some 360ha, from which they can select the best fruit to make rich and flavoursome wines.
In 1904 La Rioja Alta merged with Bodega Ardanza and this wine was produced to commemorate this milestone for the winery. The 2011 is a classic Rioja. Made from Tempranillo and Graciano, it is an elegant and refined wine. Fresh and lively on the palate, it is intense and complex on the nose. There are aromas and flavours of red and black fruits, with spicy cedar and toasted wood notes. well balanced with silky tannins there is a long and complex finish with notes of balsamic and citrus.
- 94/100 pts Luis Gutiérrez, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate