(2005 Vintage) 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 maraschino cherry vivacious, red currant and blood orange. It displays a very fine build and a silky smooth texture did segues to a poised, mint-tinged, bright and animated finish.
Made from mostly Tempranillo with a splash of Mazuelo grapes added to the blend, winemaker Julio Sáenz produces a very fine Rioja reserva. Sweet strawberry notes mingle with leather and a tad of smoke on the palate, making this a delicious accompaniment to lamb dishes.
clear. dark ruby colour. dark fruit and vanilla nose. lightishbody. red fruits upfront. touch tannins with vanilla length. good length. not as complex as expected.
Robert ParkerRating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 08/23/2012