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2008 La Rioja Alta - Vina Arana Gran Reserva

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Bottle
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61.20 €
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Appearence Appearence
dark cherry red
Scent Scent
intense aromas of vanilla, caramel, toffee and cinnamon with cassis notes in the background
Taste Taste
good structure, pleasant acidity and an expansive aftertaste
Rioja

Rioja Wines

Rioja is Spain's most famous wine region. Divided into three subregions - Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa and Rioja Oriental - each with their unique characteristics, Rioja produces predominantly red wines from Tempranillo and Garnacha. Barrel-aging is almost mandatory in Rioja, so look for these terms on labels: Crianza, Reserva or Gran Reserva. Crianza being the least expensive is consequently the most produced. As for white wines Malvasia was Rioja's favourite but now the emphasis shifted to Viura.

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Mazuelo

Mazuelo Wines

Mazuelo also known as Carignan is a black skinned grape variety originating from Aragon and mostly found within the wine regions of northern Spain and Languedoc-Roussillon, France. Generally speaking Mazuelo plays its best role in Rioja's red wines next to Garnacha (Grenache) and Tempranillo revealing rich aromas and flavours of black fruits, pepper, licorice, peppery accents. In the meantime French Mazuelo (Carignan) is located in Languedoc-Roussillon and produces table wines (vin de table).

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