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Viña Arana Gran Reserva 2015

Viña Arana Gran Reserva

2015
92
PARKER
96
DECANTER

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Spec sheet

TypeRed wine
Region
Grapes
Producer
AllergensContains sulfites
Alcohol contenti13.5%

The wine

Rioja Alta, Haro's winery, raises the bar and incorporates the new Viña Arana to its line of Great Reserve.

With an own style, an extraordinary aging capacity and a coupage of tempranillo (95%) and graceful of vines of more than 40 years planted on limestone soils, only 267 American oak barrels are made with a use of 4 years where it has aged for 36 months and a year and a half in the bottle. It will be made only in crops of extraordinary quality.

It is a classic-style Rioja but adapted to new trends looking for wines with more fruit, more vibrant and fresher.

What does this wine taste like?

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Picota cherry / Garnet rim
Bouquet
Higly aromatic / Ripe red fruit / Blackberries / Strawberries / Jam / Ageing notes / Vanilla / Cedar / Tobacco / Coffee
Mouth
Fresh / Structured / Balanced / Smooth tannins / Elegant / Complex / Long

Drinking and storing

Serve between 15ºC and 17ºC

Food pairing

Game / Casseroles / Chocolate / After lunch or dinner

Ratings and awards

201592 PK96 DC
201490 PK96 PN96 SK
201291+ PK96 PN95 SK
PK: ParkerPN: PeñínSK: SucklingDC: Decanter

Wine critics reviewsReviews by Parker

The 2015 Viña Arana Gran Reserva, which was a Reserva until 2011, wants to showcase a new Gran Reserva style that combines freshness and joy with intensity, sophistication and aging potential through a blend of Tempranillo from Rodezno with 5% Graciano from Fuenmayor. The grapes were put through optical sorting and fermented in stainless steel for 19 days, and the wine matured in American oak barrels for three years with rackings every six months. This is the classical Haro style of Rioja Claret. They found that some special vintages of this wine behaved like a Gran Reserva, with a style that was closer to their 904. So, they wanted to make this consistent from vintage to vintage, a new a style of Gran Reserva, easier to understand than the 904 or 890. From 2012, the wine changes and they replaced the Mazuelo that was used in the past with Graciano, which they think is a grape very apt for Gran Reserva wines. I saw the wine with the 2015 vintage, a more developed nose with tertiary notes and some funkiness. They don't want this to be the small brother of 904. It's the entry level for Gran Reserva wines, for a younger generation; it's fresher and less complex but with good aging potential. In a year when they don't produce 904, the grapes would go to Viña Arana. The palate reveals quite a lot of tannin and a dry finish. 80,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in December 2019.

— Luis Gutiérrez (14/07/2022)Robert Parker Wine Advocate Vintage 2015 - 92 PARKER

Customer reviews

4.8/5
5 reviews
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Winemaking

Ageing period36 months
Barrel ageUsed
Type of woodAmerican oak

The winery

La Rioja Alta

La Rioja Alta

La Rioja Alta is one of Rioja's historic wineries, creator of such emblematic brands as Viña Ardanza, Viña Arana, Viña Alberdi, Gran Reserva 890 and Gran Reserva 904. All its wines are excellent and clearly exemplify what it means to be a great classic Rioja today, in the present. Their wines are elegant, complex and sophisticated like those of yesteryear, but with more body, colour and robustness, wines adapted to today's gastronomic demands. In short, a...

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