About This Wine
Bodegas Arrocal is a shining example of the modern winemaking era of Spain.
Construction of the winery building was completed in 2003, and it’s equipped with all the bells and whistles a vintner could want. The owners say they made the decision to invest in the latest and greatest technology out of respect for the grapes they grow in the vineyards that they planted themselves.
Tempranillo is the specialty of the house at Bodegas Arrocal, and the Tempranillo grapes for the 2009 vintage came from two vineyards: Pago de Morenillos and Pago de Barrancones. All of the fruit was sorted by hand before being crushed and transferred to temperature-controlled, stainless steel fermentation tanks.
Winemaker Isaac Fernandez Montana oversaw the process, then decided on a mix of French and American oak barrels for aging the wine. After six months in barrels, the elixir was ready for bottling — a clean, fruitful, spicy example of Spanish wine today.
Its aromas and flavors often combine elements of berryish fruit, herbaceousness, and an earthy-leathery minerality. Rarely bottled as a stand-alone varietal, but frequently used as the base variety in blends.
- Grape Composition:100% Tempranillo
- Grape Source:2 Vineyards in Gumiel de Mercado, Ribera del Duero
- Aromas & Flavors:Red Flowers, Blackberry, Black Currant & Baking Spices
- Aging Vessels:80% French & 20% American Oak Barrels for 6 Months
- When to Drink:Now Through 2015
- Food Pairing Suggestionpork dishes, or assorted tapas.
The 2009 Arrocal was produced from estate-grown fruit and aged for 8 months in French and American oak. A glass-coating purple/black color, typical of the 2009 vintage, is accompanied by an inviting nose of cedar, cinnamon, espresso, licorice, and blackberry. Ripe, forward, and round on the palate, it conceals enough fine-grained tannin to evolve for 1-2 years but this outstanding value can be approached now.