2009 Vina Arana Reserva, La Rioja Alta, Rioja Spain (Halves)
"The 2009 Viña Arana Reserva is mostly Tempranillo with some 5% Mazuelo (Cariñena), with a long aging in oak barrels (three years with six manual rackings). It's a polished and soft red, classic Rioja. Translucent and bright with some orange around the edges, it feels light and tertiary with balsamic aromas of cigar ash and incense, spicy and developed. The palate is consistent, medium-bodied, with fine tannins and fully developed." Luis Gutierrez
"Arana is a great-value choice, with five years of ageing, no less. However, big brother Ardanza is a steal at just £5-£10 more; and, even better, 890 would be a fab gift!
Drinking Window 2018 - 2022" Sarah Jane Evans, Decanter Magazine.