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La Rioja Alta 'Vina Arana' Gran Reserva Tempranillo 2012
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La Rioja Alta 'Vina Arana' Gran Reserva Tempranillo 2012

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Decanter 97
"Platinum Medal - Decanter World Wine Awards. 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." 05/19"

James Suckling 95
"Brambleberries, licorice, dried blueberries, cedar, tobacco, smoke, vanilla, dried citrus and even a hint of grapefruit. The lazer-sharp acidity evinces a real sense of purity, and the tannins are really edgy and structured. Full-bodied but very elegant and stylish. The ... read more
Item ID: #34818
Size: 750mL (wine)

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Decanter 97
"Platinum Medal - Decanter World Wine Awards. 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." 05/19"

James Suckling 95
"Brambleberries, licorice, dried blueberries, cedar, tobacco, smoke, vanilla, dried citrus and even a hint of grapefruit. The lazer-sharp acidity evinces a real sense of purity, and the tannins are really edgy and structured. Full-bodied but very elegant and stylish. The finish goes on and on, thanks to the shimmering acidity. Beautiful now, but better in 2024."

The Wine
The basic grape variety is Tempranillo (95%) with 5% Mazuelo from the El Palo and Las Monjas vineyards in Rodezno. Estate-owned vineyards planted on loamy soils in 1973.

The grapes arrived at the winery perfectly ripe. Alcoholic fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks for 15 days at a controlled temperature below 28 °C. After careful racking, malolactic fermentation took place naturally over 75 days. In June 2010, selected batches of this blend were transferred to 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 6 months using traditional barrel-to-barrel methods. It was bottled in June 2013.

Vintage
This vintage stands out for the high grape quality coupled with moderate production. Suitable weather during the final phase of the growing cycle was a key factor in the final quality of this vintage. Our vineyards are treated with rational viticulture and produce low yields per hectare. This resulted in grapes in optimum condition, allowing for very well-balanced colour, acidity and alcohol. The Rioja Control Board gave this vintage an official rating of 'Very Good'.

Vineyards
The basic grape variety is Tempranillo (95%) with 5% Mazuelo from the El Palo and Las Monjas vineyards in Rodezno.

Winemaking and ageing
Alcoholic fermentation lasted 14 days at controlled temperatures. Malolactic fermentation occurred naturally and took 65 days. The wines were then put in American oak barrels manufactured in-house with an average age of 3½ years. During the wine's three years' ageing, it was racked every 6 months using traditional barrel-to-barrel methods. It was bottled in July 2013.

Tasting
Medium-depth, dark-cherry red with incipient orange hues. High aromatic intensity, with notes of vanilla, caramel, toffee and cinnamon from the wood against a background of fruits in liqueur. Good structure in the mouth, with a pleasant acidity and fine tannins. A wine with an expansive aftertaste re-emphasising its seductive acidity and noble flavours derived from barrel ageing.

The Estate
The Bodega was formed in 1890 as a partnership of 5 quality-conscious growers keen to exploit the export potential for well-made, ‘modern’ Rioja. At this time, French vineyards were ravaged by phylloxera, and connoisseurs were having to look elsewhere for supplies of fine wine. Rioja, with its excellent climate and soils, had already attracted attention, and experiments with Bordeaux-style vinification and barrique-aging were proving very successful. The region’s only real disadvantage was its remoteness, cut off from the lucrative markets to the north by the same mountains that ensured its favorable climate. This problem was solved by construction of the rail link to Bilbao, and it is no coincidence that Bodegas La Rioja Alta was established next to the Haro railway station in the same year it opened.

In 1904, La Rioja Alta absorbed Bodegas Ardanza, and gained access to some of the finest vineyards in the Rioja Alta district. The luxury 904 bottling commemorates this important milestone in the company’s development. Since then Rioja has seen more bad times than good, and many producers have harmed the reputation of the region and its production methods, releasing sloppily-aged wines which were never good enough to support a long time in cask. But La Rioja Alta has never let standards slip, and continues to this day the tradition of careful long-aging that gives Rioja its unique character. These wines offer a wonderfully complex bouquet, rich flavours, a seductively smooth texture, and are all ready to drink on release.

Farming Practice: Practicing Organic

La Rioja Alta

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Few dispute that La Rioja Alta S.A. is the leading quality orientated producer in the Rioja. With more than 50,000 casks and 6.4 million bottles stored at any one time, the equivalent of about 8 years sales, La Rioja Alta S.A. is unique in its ability to supply large quantities of fully mature wines of world class quality.

The company owns 300 hectares of vineyards in different parts of the best zones of the Rioja Alta region. La Rioja Alta S.A. is specialized in red wines. The leading grape variety is the Tempranillo with small doses of Mazuelo and Graciano. The Vina Ardanza differs from the other wines with some 25% Garnacha in the blend. After vinification in the new ultra modern vinification plant near Haro, aging is in traditional Bordeaux casks, all made from American oak. Racking is by hand every 6 months with 8 teams working full time racking the 51,000 casks. There is no filtration prior to bottling and further long aging in bottle before release.

In short the wines are made in the traditional Rioja manner. The company is adamant about not using French oak, keeping the unique Rioja style which has been developed since the end of the 19th century. In spite of the varying amount of time in cask and bottle the wines all display a wonderful rich ruby colour, gorgeous aromas of oak, spices and fruit followed by a sensational feel on the palate, with a wonderful smooth texture, clean rich oaky/fruity flavours and a long lingering finish. All the wines are ready for consumption on release but will keep for many more years in bottle. This situation is almost unique in the world of wine and is the reason why so many restaurants list La Rioja Alta's outstanding range of truly classic Rioja wines.

HISTORY
The Bodega was formed in 1890 as a partnership of 5 quality-conscious growers keen to exploit the export potential for well-made, 'modern' Rioja. At this time, French vineyards were ravaged by phylloxera, and connoisseurs were having to look elsewhere for supplies of fine wine. Rioja, with its excellent climate and soils, had already attracted attention, and experiments with Bordeaux-style vinification and barrique-aging were proving very successful. The region's only real disadvantage was its remoteness, cut off from the lucrative markets to the north by the same mountains that ensured its favorable climate. This problem was solved by construction of the rail link to Bilbao, and it is no coincidence that Bodegas La Rioja Alta was established next to the Haro railway station in the same year it opened.

In 1904, La Rioja Alta absorbed Bodegas Ardanza, and gained access to some of the finest vineyards in the Rioja Alta district. The luxury 904 bottling commemorates this important milestone in the company's development. Since then Rioja has seen more bad times than good, and many producers have harmed the reputation of the region and its production methods, releasing sloppily-aged wines which were never good enough to support a long time in cask. But La Rioja Alta has never let standards slip, and continues to this day the tradition of careful long-aging that gives Rioja its unique character. These wines offer a wonderfully complex bouquet, rich flavours, a seductively smooth texture, and are all ready to drink on release.

Farming Practice:Practicing Organic

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