2005 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Arana Reserva

Tempranillo Blend

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Community Tasting Notes 68

  • NineteenEightyTwo wrote: (87 points)

    January 23, 2015 - Medium-light rosewood color. This has an airy, bright nose of red fruit. The palate is similarly light-bodied; smooth, with very faint flavors of cranberries. Overall this is very clean, showing minimal oak. There's a little bit of tannin left, but this wine has basically reached maturity. Several hours of aeration did not cause the nose or palate to expand at all. An understated effort that pairs easily with food, this is neither dramatically overpriced nor a screaming value at $25/bottle.

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  • eluebchow wrote: (91 points)

    January 19, 2015 - This certainly benefits with some air, but has a wonderfully nuanced palate of cherries, plums, tobacco and toasty oak, with a medium body and plenty of acid for aging; Perhaps a touch less complexity than the Vina Ardanza, but also very approachable today and a really outstanding value if you can find it for $25

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  • depdoc Likes this wine: (93 points)

    January 11, 2015 - I have had several tastings of this wine over the last 6 months. It has gotten better during that time. It has lots of dark and red fruit and is quite smooth. Lots of pleasure in this lovely wine, especially when one considers the price point.

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  • Harley1199 wrote:

    January 7, 2015 - 2005 a fruitier vintage in Rioja? Well according this Viña Arana, 2005 is not. Aromas of wood, milky chocolate and highly spiced. All in harmony and well combined. Certainly biscuits.
    Tiny on the palate, medium bodied and still very acid.
    I would recommend to hold it then except for lacking some structure and acidity in the next future.
    Matching 'ortiguillas, rabas and bacalhau bras' at restaurant El Almirez in Madrid where I asked for a listed 2001 904 and they haven't.

    ¿Es el 2005 una añada con más fruta? Bueno, conforme a esta botella, este año no lo es. Aromas a madera, chocolate con leche y altamente especiados. Todos están en armonía y buen combinados. También notas a galleta.
    Delgadita en boca, de cuerpo medio y todavía muy ácida.
    Recomendaría guardarla pero sabiendo que se perderá algo de estructura y acidez a futuro.
    Acompañó unas ortiguillas, rabas de calamar y un revuelto de bacalao con patatas en el restaurante El Almirez de Madrid. Previamente pedí una 904 2001 que aparecía en carta pero no la encontraron.

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  • Herschel Krustofski Likes this wine: (89 points)

    January 4, 2015 - A good classic reserva.
    Needs 60-90 minutes to come together, but I agree it still feels a little thinner that expected. Perhaps it needs more time/air to open up fully. It's also possible that we've had too much of the Ardanza and 904 and the Arana pales in comparison.
    Will wait another year or two before opening another bottle.
    A good match to pork roast.

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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 31 (2%)
  • In Cellars 1075 (69%)
  • Consumed 443 (29%)

Food Pairing

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

Who Likes This Wine

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