2005 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Arana Reserva

Tempranillo Blend

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Community Tasting Notes 61

  • whybuyone wrote: (85 points)

    December 8, 2014 - I found it to be very bland. Not a bad wine but not a good wine. Not too fruity nor acidic but it lacks depth and flavor. Pass.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • Phenol73 Likes this wine: (92 points)

    November 28, 2014 - A ruby core with some tawny edges. Aromas of red cherries, vanilla, spices (cinnamon, clove), sweet tobacco leaf. Well structured; quite lifted; good complexity. A full, fairly rich palatte, with pert acidity, great freshness and fine, well-structured tanins.

  • Gooka wrote: (90 points)

    November 18, 2014 - Very tight and bit agressive on day 1 but opened for the next day. Also in good form on day 3. Dark cherries, strawberries, tobacco and oak. Liked the taste more than the oaky nose.

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  • Old School Fan wrote: (87 points)

    November 17, 2014 - In most vintages, this is always one of my favorite traditional Riojas (I prefer it to Ardanza), but my first bottle of the 2005 Arana was highly disappointing. It had little nose other than faint cherry and the palate was no better...weak, light, uninteresting. There's some faint cherry notes with just a hint of herbs, but the wines seemed flat and devoid of life. Perhaps it was an off bottle...

    Arana changed its label in the 2005 vintage and I've heard that they may have changed the style of this wine. I hope not. Arana has always been one of the great wines of Rioja.

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  • Pebben wrote: (90 points)

    November 13, 2014 - From memory: Lovely nose with hints of red fruit, leather/stable, sweet pipe tobacco, spices and vanilla. Sweet fruit on the initial attack. Lacks a bit of substance on the mid-palate, but finishes off with impressive length. Polished tannins and refreshing acidity. In a very nice place at the moment, but will keep for several years. Super value!

    2 people found this helpful Comment
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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    6/16/2014 (link)

    (La Rioja Alta, Viña Arana Reserva Rioja Red) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By John Gilman
    May/Jun 2014, Issue #51, Recently Tasted Spanish Wines: Great Traditional Wines, A Few Overly Alcoholic Dinosaurs and More Old Rioja Notes Than Anyone Has A Right to Taste, 5/1/2014

    (Rioja “Viña Arana” Reserva- La Rioja Alta) Subscribe to see review text.

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    September/October 2013, Issue #170 (link)

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2005
  • Type Red
  • Producer La Rioja Alta
  • Varietal Tempranillo Blend
  • Designation Viña Arana Reserva
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country Spain
  • Region La Rioja
  • SubRegion La Rioja Alta
  • Appellation Rioja
  • UPC Codes 8413529821070, 890841002048

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 58 (4%)
  • In Cellars 1048 (69%)
  • Consumed 409 (27%)

Food Pairing

Carni Bianche, casseroles, cheese, Formaggi Cremosi, Funghi, game, grills, Manchego Cheese, ost, Pasta

Who Likes This Wine

100% Like It  19 votes