"an excellent wine for its price point...and should age very nicely indeed." —
John Gilman, View from the Cellar
Ribera del Duero D.O.
100% Tinto Fino, from 2 vineyards averaging 22 years old, Morenillos and Barrancones
850 meters / alluvial sand, clay and pebbles
Farming Methods
Practicing Organic
Hand harvested fruit
Destemmed grapes were fermented with native microbes in stainless steel tanks for 20 days with skins
Aged for 6 months in a combination of 80% French and 20% American
Wine Name
Arrocal 2014
90 (VM) 88+ (VfC)
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90 Vinous Media (aged for six months in a combination of French and American oak barrels, 20% of them new): Opaque purple. Fragrant scents of candied dark berries, lavender and incense, with a hint of oak spice in the background. Juicy and sweet on the palate, offering pliant, spice-tinged dark berry and vanilla flavors that expand with air. Closes sweet and long, with supple tannins adding focus and gentle grip. 2019 – 2024
88+ View from the Cellar The 2014 Bodegas Arrocal Tinto is comprised entirely of tempranillo, produced from a pair of twenty-five year-old vineyards owned by the estate. The wine is raised in a blend of eighty percent French and twenty percent American oak, with twenty percent of the casks new each year (presumably the French barrels). The 2014 was bottled unfiltered and tips the scales at fourteen percent, offering up a youthful bouquet of red plums, black cherries, chocolate, a nice touch of soil and spicy new oak. On the palate the wine is ripe, full-bodied and nicely light on its feet for its octane, with a good core, sound balance and good length and grip on the moderately tannic and still quite primary finish. This is still a young wine and will improve with bottle age, as today, it is not overly complex, but has a good foundation and could blossom nicely with a bit of time in the cellar. At under twenty dollars a bottle here in the states, it is a good value from the region. 2018-2030+.
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Arrocal 2015
90 (VfC)
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90 View from the Cellar The 2015 Bodegas Arrocal Tinto is produced from twenty-five year-old tempranillo vineyards. The wine is aged for six months in cask (eighty percent French and twenty percent American), with twenty percent of the casks renewed each year. The wine comes in at an even fourteen percent alcohol and offers up a fine, youthful bouquet of black cherries, dark berries, a touch of cigar smoke, a fine base of soil and a discreet touch of cedary new wood. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and still tightly-knit, with promising elegance out of the blocks, a good core, moderate tannins and a long, primary and well-balanced finish. This deserves a couple of years in the cellar at the least, but it is going to be really an excellent wine for its price point (south of twenty dollars here in the states) and should age very nicely indeed. 2019-2045.
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