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La Rioja Alta "Viña Arana" 2011
- Great Domaines
- The Wine Advocate
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“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
95% Tempranillo, 5% Mazuelo
2019 - 2024
36 months in Old American oak
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.