The Tempranillo grape is the basis of all the Bodega's wines (bar the Viura white), an ancient native variety whose name derives from the Spanish "temprano", meaning early, in reference to the fact it ripens earlier than other Spanish grapes. The family owns 100 hectares of vineyard on either side of the River Ebro in the Rioja Alavesa and Rioja Alta, the Temperanillo thriving in the chalky silty soils.
Tempranillo 90%, Mazuelo 5%, Graciano 5%.
The wine spends 18 months in a mix of French and American oak, then a further 2 years bottle aging prior to release.
Drink now or keep for the next 5 years.
Bodegas Señorío de Arana is a winery founded in the 1970's, although the Santiago family behind the enterprise have been growing grapes for over 100 years. The winery is situated in the village of Labastida in the prime sub region of Alavesa in Rioja. The family firm produces its wine with a balanced combination of tradition aligned to state-of-the art technology, selling 80% of its wine to the domestic market.
Beautiful with lamb, softly spiced, perhaps in a casserole. Alternatively, duck works just as well. Accompanies char grilled aubergine, garlic, courgette and tomato rather nicely.
In the press
Gold- International Wine Challenge 2016
"Complex, beautifully developing wine. Fresh red fruit and cola notes, hints of leather and dried fruit, chewy tannins on a long, elegant finish." Judges' comments, International Wine Challenge 2016