Vina Arana Reserve 2011
Abundant water reserves of winter allowed that, despite the heat and drought of the summer, the grapes arrived at the end of the cycle of suitable form. I
Mazuelo grape was especially favored, acquiring this year a degree of balance and of extraordinary maturity for this variety.
The base variety is Tempranillo (95%) with 5% of Mazuelo from the estates El Palo and Las Monjas in Rodezno. Own vineyards planted in free soils in 1973.
Grapes came to the winery in a magnificent state of ripeness. We performed the alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel tanks for 15 days at a controlled temperature of less than 28 ° C. After careful descaling, the malolactic fermentation was naturally developed in 75 days. In June 2012, the selected lots of this coupage were transferred to American oak barrels of own manufacture with an average age of 4.5 years. During their 3 years aging, the wines were transported by the traditional barrel to barrel method every 6 months. It was bottled in June 2015.
Viña Arana 2011 is a wine of a smooth and polished red color, typical of a Rioja classic. In the glass is shown clean and bright, with soft orange notes on the edge. In nose it excels for its good intensity, with soft tertiary aromas balsamicos, tobacco, caramel, incense and spices with a bottom of ripe fruit. In the mouth it is consistent, balanced and with fine and elegant tannins. We enjoy a broad and fine aftertaste with a mature and pleasant finish.
First courses of rice or pasta. Small game casseroles, grilled meats, fish, etc.