Vina Arana Rioja Reserva 1998

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Being new to Spanish wine I was quite excited to find an aged Rioja from an excellent producer available at retail. This particular Rioja is from La Rioja Alta region, which is known to be one of the highest quality wine regions in Spain. I am planning a trip to Spain in a year, and if I’m fortunate I’ll be drinking this sort of thing on a daily basis.

The nose on this superlative old world red had toasted nut aromas of almonds and filberts. The palate was fantastic, with melted choclate, licorice, Indian spices like cardamom and a hint of dill. Very smooth and silky, this full flavoured but medium bodied wine developed into a very well structured medium length finish. Sure to impress, and certainly a fantastic effort.

$45 at Marquis


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