Red

2005 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Arana Reserva

Tempranillo Blend

  • Spain
  • La Rioja
  • La Rioja Alta
  • Rioja
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Community Tasting Notes 90

  • Geoffy Likes this wine:

    May 7, 2016 - With friends after a very smooth NZ cab/merlot blend, to show the qualities of a good Rioja. It really did the job - 4 new converts!

  • Tannic Monster Likes this wine: (90 points)

    April 8, 2016 - More subtle nose than the 2005 Ardanza just tasted back to back: some ripe dark fruit surrounded by some nice tobacco and bark. On the palate: There is a zesty tartness despite a mellowed acidity. A small amount of oak showing through before the bright and somewhat tart cherry cola finish. Not bad but not as good as it's sister.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • fingers Likes this wine: (91 points)

    February 29, 2016 - Notes written after following for three hours open. Color is dark garnet, about 60% saturated with clear, slow legs and no sediment. Medium-intense bouquet with a lot of wood and balsamic traits leading the way, along with a hint of poopiness and funk that subdued with aeration to reveal floral perfume, cherry pie, pipe tobacco, black currant, and licorice. Mature character to the palate, slick and complex but only to such a degree that it falls just short of spectacular. Long, interesting finish. Good for a few more years of drinking on this plateau, at least. 4+12+17+8 = 91

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • MikeyCbg Likes this wine: (93 points)

    January 31, 2016 - Full and balanced acidity and tannins, fresh berry fruit, good depth and length.

    Excellent with roast lamb, but still has plenty of ageing potential especially if to be drunk alone.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • wylee Likes this wine: (90 points)

    January 26, 2016 - Enjoyable bottle. Drank over 3 hours. Felt a bit young at the start, and a bit old by the last glass. Bright cherry flavours with complexities

    1 person found this helpful Comment
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  • By John Gilman
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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 36 (2%)
  • In Cellars 1,074 (59%)
  • Consumed 701 (39%)

Food Pairing

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

Who Likes This Wine

95% Like It  40 votes