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2014 La Rioja Alta "Viña Arana" Gran Reserva Rioja

SKU #1514376 96 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Arana commemorates one of La Rioja Alta's historic families. The Tempranillo (95%) and Graciano (5%) are aged separately in American oak barrels for three years before blending, then for three years in bottle (two years less than the 904, and six years less than the 890). The winery's keynote to this Rioja is 'freshness'. I agree. (SJE) Inner quote mark (8/2020)

96 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Lots of mushroom and walnut aromas with plum and leather, too. It’s full-bodied, but very soft and creamy-textured with lots of old wood, mushroom and ripe fruit on the finish. Some chocolate and hazelnut. Complex and gorgeous. Inner quote mark (10/2020)

K&L Notes

94 points Tim Atkins, MW "La Rioja Alta is one of the most traditional wineries in Haro’s Barrio de la Estación, famous for producing wines that are good to drink on release, but also age beautifully in bottle. This new Gran Reserva, made from Tempranillo with 6% Graciano for added backbone, is very much a reflection of the cooler, more “Atlantic” 2014 vintage. La Rioja Alta didn’t make its top two Gran Reservas – 904 and 890 – in 2014, so all of its best grapes were used for Viña Arana. Fine and elegant, with vibrant acidity, notes of coconut and cinnamon from the American oak and a core of savoury, refreshing tobacco leaf and red berry flavours framed by fine, caressing tannins. Old-fashioned Rioja at its glorious best."


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By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/19/2021 | Send Email
Hello! You are wonderful with your lush nose of red fruits, cherry cola, and milk chocolate! On the palate, you're super interesting and delicious, with your notes of cedar and licorice. You're relatively soft, but, still retain your traditional character with dried cranberries, lavender and dusty notes. Do I detect some whipping cream? You even have a lingering finish and are super versatile for so many different foods. Could we ask more of you? No, we could not!

By: Andrew Tobin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/16/2021 | Send Email
My very first thought in approaching this is "man, this smells like great Rioja, first job done then". There's something visceral about smelling great Rioja. The nose really jumps out with that sweet oak, dusty middle, and damp tea and earthen floor bottom. The fruit is dark with hints of berry compote and dried berries. The palate is beautifully balanced with more strawberry, potpourri, baking spice, and a finish that reminds me of a scone with strawberry compote and clotted cream, that tea really comes in to round out what is an amazing bottle of wine! Rioja continues to produce top tier wine at a fraction of every other major region!

By: Chris DePaoli | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/16/2021 | Send Email
Chocolate, soy sauce, candied coconut, tea leaves, and dried strawberries medley with cafe au lait creaminess and and lifted end note of warm vanilla. Medium bodied, but with a density of flavor that mimics a fuller bodied bottle with frightening ability. Oak all the way home. One of the most interesting bottles in the shop and one well worth it's place on your table, both now and ten years down the road.

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