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.
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.