There is a bit more of this on the way for those that missed out previously. La Rioja Alta is a classic address founded in 1890. We had a pleasure to taste this wine not too long, and we were duly impressed! It has all the components to become a great Rioja bottle receiving a Platinum award from Decanter in 2019. The blend here a 95% Tempernillo and 5% Graciano fermented in stainless steel tank and aged in 3-year-old barrels made in house. Concentrated, balanced, and complex, this is an excellent Rioja, and as John Gilman states in his tasting note, the best vintages of this wine he has tried. Hard to go wrong here, don't miss out on our special three bottle price!
Decanter Panel 97 points! Classic nose with savoury character over a sweet spices background with elegant cigar box notes. Quite mouth watering with a full body and chewy mid-palate.
John Gilman 93 points! "This is the first vintage of Viña Arana Gran Reserva that I can ever recall having tasted, as most of my experience with this cuvée has been at the Reserva level. The bouquet here is still youthful and has loads more complexity to offer with bottle age, but it is utterly classical in profile and is awfully easy already to fall in love with, as it offers up scents of red and black raspberries, cigar wrapper, Rioja spices, a fine base of soil and a lovely foundation of toasted coconut American oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, velvety on the attack and rock solid at the core, with ripe, seamless tannins, tangy acids and great focus and grip on the long, nascently complex and beautifully balanced finish. This is the finest example of Viña Arana that I have ever tasted! It is tasty now, but still a puppy and will be far better five to ten years down the road."