2014 La Rioja Alta Vina Gran Arana Reserva

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Fine, elegant and evolved, this is old-fashioned Rioja at its finest.
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Old-school wine here, the Gran Reservas of Rioja are a true exercise in patience, for both producer and consumer.

So much depth and character to be had with this wine, intense aromas of redcurrants, raspberries, wild blackberries, and ripe red plums in harmony with barrel generated notes of baking spice, and sweet milk coffee. The palate is so full and powerful with distinctive classic texture.

Fresh, vibrant, and well-balanced, with fully integrated tannin, the extended bottle maturation provides such complexity and elegance, hallmarks of this classic Riojan style. While ready and evolved now, this wine has so much potential for cellar development.

We started the grape harvest with the Tempranillo and, 20 days later, we picked the Graciano. Alcoholic fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks, lasting 19 days. After malolactic fermentation, in April 2015, we selected a number of wines that were transferred to American oak barrels (made in-house) with an average age of 4.5 years. They remained in barrels for three years, with a traditional racking every six months. In April 2018, we made the last blend, which we bottled in June 2018.

93 Points - "Limpid ruby-red. Oak-spiced cherry, black raspberry, candied rose, spicecake and coconut aromas show very good definition and pick up tobacco and licorice notes as the wine opens up. Smooth and appealingly sweet, offering sappy cherry cola, fruitcake, coconut and floral pastille flavors complemented by an earthy undertone. Shows very good energy and floral lift on a long, smoky finish framed by velvety, well-knit tannins." Josh Raynolds (Vinous)

96 Points - "Lots of mushroom and walnut aromas with plum and leather, too. It’s full-bodied, but very soft and creamy-textured with lots of old wood, mushroom and ripe fruit on the finish. Some chocolate and hazelnut. Complex and gorgeous." James Suckling (James Suckling)

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    Terry N.
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    1 year ago
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    Rated 4 out of 5 stars
    classic rioja

    a classic rioja reserva.

    still long life ahead.

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