2005 La Rioja Alta "Viña Arana" Reserva Rioja

SKU #1114653 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2005 Vina Arana Reserva has a fresh bouquet of orange blossom, quince, violets and dark cherries. The palate is succulent on the entry with vivacious maraschino cherry, red currant and blood orange. It displays a very fine build and a silky smooth texture that segues to a poised, mint-tinged, bright and animated finish. Drink now-2020.  (8/2012)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Smoke, cedar and tobacco aromas show enticing maturity in this smooth, harmonious red, with dried cherry, orange peel and spicy flavors displaying a traditional character. This wine is plump and still fresh, with a lingering, spicy finish. Drink now through 2020.  (9/2013)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright ruby. Sexy, oak-spiced red fruit and floral pastille aromas are complemented by deeper-pitched notes of espresso and licorice. Juicy, penetrating and spicy on the palate, offering vibrant raspberry and bitter cherry flavors and a building vanilla nuance. Supple tannins give shape to the finish, which features lively red fruit and spicecake flavors. This suave wine is delicious now but balanced to age.  (10/2013)

K&L Notes

This is a tough to find bottling from La Rioja Alta. It consists of more tempranillo than Ardanza, and is a bit more tensely structured. Still wonderfully classic, though, with lovely berry fruit, some subtle toasty/earthy notes, and a bit of a more serious personality than the delicious, extroverted 2001 Ardanza Reserva Especial also in our stock. This wine will surely age well for another decade or more. Arana, it is worth noting, is also a favorite amongst many of the crew over at La Rioja Alta.

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Staff Image By: Mike Barber | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/29/2013 | Send Email
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This is a spectacular deal from one of the best producers in spain. The Arana is always a more muscular version of the Ardanza, with more fruit stuffing and youthful tannin, but that does not mean it is any less a world class tempranillo. This medium bodied wine is still elegant and delicious with loads of spice on the finish and wonderful plum and cherry notes up front. Very versatile, and at a perfect price!
Top Value! Drink from 2013 to 2023

Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/27/2013 | Send Email
Finally, the most underrated (and at times, my favorite) of the wines at La Rioja Alta is back: the Viña Arana. While folks still can't get enough of the 2001 Viña Ardanza (we get it, we also love this one!) I think that the 2005 Arana is every bit as elegant and classic a Rioja. Less high toned and fruit forward, it shows a slightly darker fruited profile, with a subtle earthy savor, discreet oak and such effortless balance/drinkability on the palate. It's no wonder the team at La Rioja Alta consistently goes for this wine as their house red. Viña Arana is a real treat, particularly with a roast leg of lamb or standing rib roast to accompany it.

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- A very important red grape varietal that's native to Northern Spain, grown across the north and central regions of the country. Low in acid and alcohol, with subtle strawberry, leather and tobacco notes, the grape responds well to oak aging and plays particularly well with others. Tempranillo is an important component, when combined with Garnacha, Mazuelo, Viura and Graciano, of Rioja, with the best examples coming for the cooler, higher-elevation regions like Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa. It is also grown in significant quantities in the Ribera del Duero where it is called Tinto Fino and Penèdes where it is called Ull de Llebre o Ojo de Llebre. Tempranillo hasn't gained a particularly strong foothold outside of Spain, achieving some success under the name Tinto Roriz in Portugal. There it is used as a component of Port and in the table wines of the Ribera del Duero and the Dão.


- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.


Alcohol Content (%): 13