Bodegas Arzuaga Crianza 2018
- Rich, full-bodied
- Ribera del Duero
Tempranillo and cabernet, long lost lovers of the royal red family. No more searching for days to find that perfect, unique wine. This is where red wine really reaches a pinnacle. That’s how I felt when I first poured this wine into my glass, and I’ll stand by it for as long as this wine can cellar (we’re talking decades, mofo).
In the 1990’s, Florentino Arzuaga began work on what is now the famous La Planta estate vineyard in the heart of Ribera del Duero. From this vineyard comes Arzuaga Crianza: their flagship wine. The vines sit at nearly 1000 metres above sea level in chalky clay and limestone soil. 16 months in French and American oak give structure to this powerful wine, one that is ripe, spicy, full of red and black fruits and even offering hints of balsam. This is serious stuff right here, so much so that it earned a Platinum award and 97 points from the Decanter World Wine Awards. Not too shabby, hey?
“'Outstanding' is a true description of this wine. That's what Decanter called it and I echo their words once more. It's about the inky rich core of game, black cherry, balsamic and bay leaf. Almost as if you could genuinely serve this up with a knife and fork and dig in for dinner. The best part is that we're talking about a wine that you can serve confidently now just as you can in 20, 30, 40+ years. If you're looking to go the distance, you've just found your dancing partner.”
Full price $95.00 from the producer.
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- Ribera del Duero
- Alcohol by Vol.
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- Blend Info
- Tempranillo 94%, Cabernet Sauvignon 6%
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Ribera del Duero
I think of this as the deeper, darker brother to Rioja - same grapes, so close, and yet so different. It's like Barolo vs Barbaresco in a lot of ways... make up your own mind!