La Rioja Alta

Viña Arana Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend

9.097 ratings
9.218 pro ratings
La Rioja, Spain
Tempranillo Blend
Duck, Pasta, Beans & Peas, Goose, Chili & Hot Spicy, Exotic Spices, Game, Baking Spices, Herbs, Mushrooms, Hard Cheese, Turkey, Pork, Salami & Prosciutto, Tomato-Based, Venison, Pungent Cheese, Soft Cheese, Onion, Chicken, Veal, Paella
Top Notes For
Daniel P. Drake

This past Saturday evening with good friends we opened the 2005 La Rioja Alta Viña Arana Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend.

On the nose there was black cherry, blackberry, red currant, floral notes, fig, leather, a touch of vanilla and dried soil.

On the palate the cherry came through in a big way, with blackberry, red currant, blood orange, herbal notes, clove, licorice and dusty earth.

This wine is silky smooth medium to plus bodied with medium + acidity and medium + grippy tannins that lead to a long spicy finish. Another very enjoyable wine. Be safe and start your weekend off right. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷

This past Saturday evening with good friends we opened the 2005 La Rioja Alta Viña Arana Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend.

On the nose there was black cherry, blackberry, red currant, floral notes, fig, leather, a touch of vanilla and dried soil.

On the palate the cherry came through in a big way, with blackberry, red currant, blood orange, herbal notes, clove, licorice and dusty earth.

This wine is silky smooth medium to plus bodied with medium + acidity and medium + grippy tannins that lead to a long spicy finish. Another very enjoyable wine. Be safe and start your weekend off right. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷

1 person found it helpfulMar 16th, 2018
Gobindjit S. Dhaliwal

Value old school Rioja, poopy and barnyardy with a sour red fruit core, licorice, leather, orange peel, spices, and some vanilla. Smooth and light to midbodied, very dry and high acid, fresh and easy to drink with food.

Value old school Rioja, poopy and barnyardy with a sour red fruit core, licorice, leather, orange peel, spices, and some vanilla. Smooth and light to midbodied, very dry and high acid, fresh and easy to drink with food.

Dec 31st, 2015
Matt Duncan

Vanilla, lavender, dill. Orange zest highlights plum fruit.

Vanilla, lavender, dill. Orange zest highlights plum fruit.

May 17th, 2015
James Lechner

Hello, Rioja. Not just about pickles and dried fruit anymore.

Hello, Rioja. Not just about pickles and dried fruit anymore.

Feb 20th, 2015
John Wight

Sommelier/Wine Director Luce Restaurant

8.9

More please! American oak, but not over done.

More please! American oak, but not over done.

Apr 9th, 2014
Brett Pallesen

Classiqueeeee.

Classiqueeeee.

Feb 7th, 2014
Dmitry Koutcherouk

Having amazing Vina Arana Reserva Rioja 2005 La Rioja Alta.

Having amazing Vina Arana Reserva Rioja 2005 La Rioja Alta.

Sep 11th, 2013
JJG
8.9

Started to decay a bit, softening the wine and adding sutiles golden tones. Nevertheless a gem

Started to decay a bit, softening the wine and adding sutiles golden tones. Nevertheless a gem

Jun 20th, 2020
John Matthews

The 2009 seems tight to me. I am not sure if it still can use more time in bottle or if there is something off on the balance of the wine.

The 2009 seems tight to me. I am not sure if it still can use more time in bottle or if there is something off on the balance of the wine.

Dec 9th, 2018
Gary Westby

Champagne & Sherry buyer K&L Wines

Lamb chops & Rioja!

Lamb chops & Rioja!

Apr 7th, 2014