You love the 2001 La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza, and absolutely nothing over delivers like it does. And you know it. 2001 was exceptional for LRA. It was exceptional for all of Rioja, but the folks at La Rioja Alta really nailed it. And this 2001 Grand Reserva 904 is another testament to the strength of the vintage for them. This may be one of the top values of the world at this price? Remarkable! The winemaker at LRA is Julio Saenz and I can’t say enough about him, you may have noticed. We are planning a vertical tasting of 21 vintages of 904 with him. Care to join?
2001 La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904
…displays a lovely nose of Asian spices, incense, tobacco, balsamic, and blackberry. On the palate it has exceptional depth, layers of spicy black fruit, excellent ripeness, and an elegant personality….
In mid-January, Bob and I wandered through the misty mornings in Bordeaux taking the trolley from lab to lab to taste 75 wines per appointment. We go in January because it is the off season and people have the time to prepare marathon tastings so that we can take our time to find wines to buy, and sell. While 2010s are foremost in our minds (stay tuned, we are accumulating them for mass offerings soon), we also like to find wines that have already been cellared and are ready to drink. And here we are with 2001 Barde-Haut, recently released from the Chateau, this beauty charmed me in an afternoon session and really stood out. Impeccably balanced, ripe fruit upfront and folding out into earth inflected mid palate, the length fines out very nicely. The wine is drinking perfectly now too. 2001s were overlooked, not being one of those blockbuster styled vintages. For people wanting to drink wines beyond the primary this is a great find, supple, seductive and sure to please. 94/100
2001 Chateau Barde-Haut
…this beauty charmed me in an afternoon session and really stood out. Impeccably balanced, ripe fruit upfront and folding out into earth inflected mid palate, the length fines out very nicely….