La Rioja, the Spanish Bordeaux.

La Rioja is the Spanish leading red wine region due to its extraordinary conditions to grow high quality grapes and the revolutionary wine making methods they imported from Bordeaux in the XIX century. We will taste the Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva 2005 Wine Spectator highest scoring Spanish Wine, which you can only find through collectors. It is 80% tempranillo 20% garnacha. 3 years in American oak barrels and 8 years in the bottle.  It welcomes you with notes of  cedar, coconut, cinammon and clove, but the most amazing thing is how the wine opens up with notes of tangerine.  This is the only food tour in Spain that serves Viña Ardanza 2005.

If there were enough people I would also open a bottle of Abundillano or Veriquete from Roberto Oliván.  Roberto is the opposite to Viña Ardanza. He is not in the front page of Wine Spectator or owns hundreds of hectares. No, he owns 8 hectares, the same ones his grandfather did.  This young agricultural engineering turned down many offers because he wanted to put all his time into the same soils and vines his familily has cultivated for generations. And his efforts are more than fruitfull. His Abundillano 2014 is right now my favorite wine in Spain.  This is the only food tour in Spain that serves Roberto Olivan wines.

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