2005 La Rioja Alta "Viña Arana" Reserva Rioja
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.
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.
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.
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.