La Rioja Alta Viña Arana is an excellent wine from Rioja Alta – producing among the world’s most aromatically complex, food-friendly wines, that can truly stand comparison to the top Bordeaux and Burgundies. With no 904 and 890 release in 2014 only the best fruit was used for the Viña Arana Gran Reserva.
Highly rated by Tim Atkin – 94 points. “Old-fashioned Rioja at its glorious best”. One of the most outrageously enjoyable wines I’ve had in months, this brand new release from La Rioja Alta is a glorious way with which to celebrate the winery’s 130th birthday. Produced from 94 per cent Tempranillo and 6 per cent Graciano, it was aged in oak for three years and in bottle for a further two before release. It’s unashamedly seductive with its sweet, ripe red and dark fruit, spice, herbs, vanilla and its soft, gentle tannins and long finish. Make no mistake, a claret or burgundy of this quality and this maturity would be at least twice the price.
Formed by five families in the late 19th century, the La Rioja Alta S.A. winery has been among the leading producers who have helped to establish and maintain the classic standards of Rioja. Their Tempranillo-led Gran Reservas, aged for remarkably long periods in barrels from the producer’s cooperage, are some of the most sought-after wines from the region. And while they always upheld standards and tradition, La Rioja Alta S.A. never stopped experimenting and pushing for better quality, offering some of the purest, precise expressions of Tempranillo in the world.
Food matches: Why not try with a beautiful pasta dish, or maybe a hearty beef bourguignon or Cassoulet.