(2006 Vintage) Medium-depth, dark-cherry red with incipient orange hues. High aromatic intensity, with notes of vanilla, caramel, toffee and cinnamon from the wood against a background of fruits in liqueur. Good structure in the mouth, with a pleasant acidity and fine tannins. A wine with an expansive aftertaste re-emphasising its seductive acidity and noble flavours derived from barrel ageing. - See more at: http://www.riojalta.com/wines/vina-arana#sthash.3OSXaKD7.dpuf
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