|90||Wine & Spirits Magazine||This fresh, vibrant 2017 stood above all the other wines we tasted from the vintage, a season marked by a fierce April frost and a hot, arid summer. With crops diminished, sometimes radically, producers may be releasing less young wine, or lesser young wine. This is a greater young wine: Bright, spicy and solidly built, its dark aromas shift into juicy flavors emboldened by alcohol. It’s clean, bulky and rich.
Best Buy - June 2019
|***||The Washington Post||Score: *** Stars (EXCEPTIONAL)
Ribera del Duero produces some terrific red wines from the tempranillo grape. Arrocal is spicy and meaty, with notes of tobacco and blueberry and a satisfying, long finish.
|90||View from the Cellar||The 2018 Arrocal Tinto from Bodegas Arrocal is composed entirely of tempranillo and only spends eight months in cask prior to racking and bottling. The 2018 is fourteen percent octane and delivers a fine nose of black cherries, cigar smoke, gentle spice tones, a nice touch of soil, a discreet framing of oak and a bit of lavender in the upper register. On the palate the wine is bright, full-bodied, focused and very nicely balanced, with a good core of fruit, lovely grip and a long, classy and moderately tannic finish. This is a young wine and not overly complex today, but it is quite drinkable already and more complexity is certain to come with some bottle age. In a region with generally pretty over-heated prices, this is a fine value. 2020-2040.
Issue # 85 - January/February 2020
|88 BB||Wine & Spirits Magazine||Open and yielding in its fruit, this has the crunch of crab apples and umeboshi plums. It’s the sour side of tempranillo, a wine for Japanese grilled duck or wagyu.
Best Buy – June 2020