Viña Arana Reserva, Rioja, La Rioja Alta 2009

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La Rioja Alta SA was founded in 1890, and has a reputation for making some of the oldest and most venerable red wines in Rioja, sourcing grapes from the best vineyards you’ll find in Spain.  You should really think of Viña Arana as a Gran Reserva, as it has been aged in oak for three years and, crucially, every six months it is sluiced (for want of a better description) from one barrel, down a tube where it mixes with the air and into another. This enhances the maturity and ageing of what is now a complex red wine, intensifying all those fabulous mature, spicy, leathery notes while keeping the power and intensity you feel when you drink this classic Riojan red wine. The length of flavour is legendary, the nuances you taste are exquisite. The perfect partner for a roast leg of lamb, or rack of beef.

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Type Red
ABV 13.5%
Bottle Size 75 cl
Country Spain
Region Spain
Area Rioja
Style Medium-bodied
Vintage 2009
Major Grape Tempranillo/Cencibel
Grapes 95% Tempranillo, 5% Mazuelo
Drinking Guide Drink or Keep
Food Match Roast shoulder of lamb with all the trimmings
Press Reviews

Arana is a great-value choice, with five years of ageing, no less.
Sarah-Jane Evans, Decanter Magazine, March 2018

Another one from the traditionalist production line at the superbly consistent La Rioja Alta, aged in used American oak for three years, and yet still feeling perkily youthful in its blackberry fruit and light tobacco leafiness, the more savoury-gamey flavours, melt-in-the-mouth tannins and vanilla spice bringing a classically Riojan mellowness of effect.
The Wine Gang, www.thewinegang.com, July 2017

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Spanish Vintages

Growers had a complex year in 2017 having to contend with frost hail and drought, Yields are down as a result but the picture overall is of good quality particularly in Galicia and the South, Penedés also seems to have performed well. The 2016 vintage looks pretty good on the whole with Ribera del Duero, Rioja and Rueda having excellent results. Most of the producers we have spoken to are heralding 2015 as the best vintage across Spain in recent years, but we will have to wait for the top Gran Reserva Riojas and Riberas to come on to the market. 2014 saw some good wines made with a little rain in the second half of harvest and low yields. This came after the potentially great 2013 vintage which has given fresh, vibrant, robust wines. The 2012 harvest is also very good, a dry year but yields are low. The run continues back to 2002, with 2011 being an early harvest in good conditions; 2010 a cooler year, which has delivered a more elegant style of wine; 2009 a warm year with a potentially big harvest of excellent grapes through the more elegant 2008s; the growing season of 2007 was more difficult but good, balanced wines emerged; the drought season of 2006 was moderated by cool nights giving elegant wines; the superb duo of 2005 and 2004, which will be compared for years to come and the powerful, super-ripe vintage of 2003. Poor bud-break and rain at harvest in 2002 spoiled the run of fine vintages but 2001 more than made up for it – a classic vintage, drinking well now. Frost at flowering and rain at harvest hampered the 1999 vintage, while 1998 was a fine year until rain at harvest forced some to pick early, although those who waited were rewarded with the warmth that followed.

Arana is a great-value choice, with five years of ageing, no less.
Sarah-Jane Evans, Decanter Magazine, March 2018

Another one from the traditionalist production line at the superbly consistent La Rioja Alta, aged in used American oak for three years, and yet still feeling perkily youthful in its blackberry fruit and light tobacco leafiness, the more savoury-gamey flavours, melt-in-the-mouth tannins and vanilla spice bringing a classically Riojan mellowness of effect.
The Wine Gang, www.thewinegang.com, July 2017

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