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 93

  • ChristP Likes this wine: (93 points)

    August 19, 2016 - This is a truly excellent, bordering on outstanding, Reserva from La Rioja Alta that is in its prime. I like this more than the 2005 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva. The red color is not intense but there is no sign of loss of pigments through age and there is almost no sediment. This is a color that I like in my wines. On the nose there are red fruits, cherry and a touch of smoke. Although the body is medium, the flavors are pronounced and with depth. All is in perfect balance with no one element standing out above another. This is pure enjoyment with a deft touch of acidity, fruits, only a hint of vanilla, red fruits, well integrated tannins and a finish to savor. This is a traditional Rioja Reserva from a master producer that's in its prime now but with 5 or likely more years' enjoyment ahead.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • EricLi wrote: (91 points)

    July 15, 2016 - Balsamic, Vanilla cherry, smooth tannins. Still young. Very nice right now and for a long time.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • Alexroy wrote: (90 points)

    July 14, 2016 - Nicely balanced, smooth, vanilla, good fruit. Drinking really well right now.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • 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
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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 1,049 (57%)
  • Consumed 752 (41%)

Food Pairing

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

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95% Like It  42 votes

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