***1989 Ardanza Reserva - 17.5 points, Richard Hemming, JancisRobinson.com***
70% Tempranillo, 25% Garnacha, with Mazuelo and Graciano. Pale garnet. Stewed fruit, chocolate and lovely granitic mineral aromas too. Smooth, lengthy, still fresh with acid – a lovely example of fully mature rioja that is still in the prime of life.
***2000 Ardanza Reserva - 17.5 points, Richard Hemming, JancisRobinson.com***
80% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha . Sumptuous, sophisticated black fruit with creamy vanilla scent and wonderful cake spices and milk chocolate. Spot on, and with plenty of mileage still in the tank.
***2001 Ardanza Reserva Especial - 17.5 points, Richard Hemming, JancisRobinson.com***
Bottled September 2005. Third Reserva Especial in history. 80% Tempranillo (aged in four-year-old American oak for 36 months) and 20% Garnacha (aged in 2- to 3-year-old American oak for 30 months). Best vintage ever, according to the winemaker, with a long ripening season. Deep, rich nose with cooked blackberry and spice, and still very youthful freshness to the fruit. Tremendous vanilla cream on the finish. Long, subtle, elegant.