La Rioja Alta "Viña Arana" 2011

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Tasting Note:

“The sleek and polished 2011 Viña Arana is mostly Tempranillo with 5% Mazuelo from vineyards in Rodezno and Labastida. The destemmed and crushed grapes fermented in stainless steel followed by a slow malolactic. The wine matured in used, neutral American oak barrels for three years. It's very balsamic, possibly from the extended élevage, with aromas of cigar ash, incense, noble woods, vanilla and cocoa. The palate is polished, with resolved tannins and nice, integrated acidity. 150,000 bottles produced. It's been in bottle since July 2015. They uncorked a bottle of the 1985, and the wine was lively with a developed nose, great complexity and a velvety palate. It's a wine that ages very well.” - Luis Gutiérrez, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 
FactSheet
FactSheet:

Composition:
95% Tempranillo, 5% Mazuelo
Drink Date:
2019 - 2024
Alcohol:
13.5%

36 months in Old American oak

Body:
Full

Which glass?
Zalto Bordeaux

Decant it?
yes

 
Vineyards & vinification
Vineyards & vinification:

American oak barrels (made in-house) with an average age of 4.5 years. During the three years the wine was aged, it was racked every six months using traditional barrel-to-barrel methods.

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La Rioja Alta "Viña Arana" 2011

Tempranillo based blend, La Rioja Alta, Rioja, Spain, Red, 750ml

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