Following up on the remarkable 2004 and 2005 Arana vintages (rated 92 and 93 respectively by Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate), this recently released Vina Arana Reserva 2006 is showing signs of following in their footsteps.
La Rioja Alta is one of the most famous and influential producers in the Rioja area. Originally founded in 1890, the winery has remained staunchly traditional in its winemaking.
The Arana Reserva is made from Tempranillo, aged for 36 months in American oak barrels, and Garnacha, aged for 30 months in 2 to 3 years old American oak barrels. Fresh and youthful fruit shows notes of quince, tobacco and dark cocoa. The finish is silky smooth with lingering raw earth and dark cherries.
Tasting notes: medium-depth, cherry-red; clean and bright. High aromatic intensity, with outstanding notes of candied fruit, wild strawberries and blueberries leading the way to the aromas from the oak —balsamic, vanilla, cocoa, tobacco leaf and mocha candy. Medium-bodied in the mouth; balanced with the brand’s typical elegant acidity. Smooth, enveloping tannins that give way to a distinguished, complex finish.
The Arana is a good choice with rice or pasta dishes, small game casseroles, char-grilled meat, etc.