Arrocal Passion

"This harkens back stylistically to the wines I fell in love with from...the early 1980s and is a superb value." —
John Gilman, View from the Cellar
Appellation
Ribera del Duero D.O.
Grape(s)
100% Tinto Fino, from the single, 30-year old Barrancones vineyard
Altitude/Soil
800 meters / mix of rougly 70% clay and 30% sand
Farming Methods
Practicing Organic
Harvest
Hand harvested fruit
Production
Destemmed grapes were fermented with native microbes in stainless steel tanks for 20 days with skins
Aging
Aged for 12 months 70% French and 30% American oak barrels, 1/3 new
Suggested Retail Price
$32
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Arrocal Passion 2012
91 (VM) 90 (RP) 90 (WE)
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91 Vinous Media Opaque ruby. High-pitched red berry and floral pastille scents are complicated by cured tobacco and smoky minerals. Shows very good clarity and a light touch, with sharply focused raspberry and bitter cherry flavors deepening and turning sweeter with air. Harmonious tannins build slowly on the finish, which shows very good persistence and lingering red fruit and floral qualities. This graceful wine was aged for a year in French oak, half of it new.
December 2015
90 The Wine Advocate The extremely balsamic 2012 Arrocal Passion had aromas of mint, even eucalyptus, intermixed with red and black berries and plenty of spicy aromas. The palate is medium-bodied, with some fine-grained, slightly dusty tannins, with good balance. This pure Tempranillo matured in a mixture of French and American oak barrels for one year. 10,000 bottles were produced.
October 2015
90 The Wine Enthusiast Deep, earthy aromas of cassis and black cherry set up a full, balanced palate with subtle but present acidity. Black plum, blackberry, vanilla and dill flavors finish strong, with savory, saucy tomato notes. This is a classic Ribera wine; drink through 2020.
September 2015
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Arrocal Passion 2014
92 (VfC) 89 (RP)
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92 View from the Cellar The 2014 Passión Arrocal sees no new wood, with its elevage done in a fifty-fifty mix of two and three year-old French casks- my kind of wine! This is one hundred percent tempranillo and offers up a fine bouquet of plums, black cherries, raw cocoa, a really striking soil signature, a touch of cigar wrapper and a gently spicy topnote. On the palate the wine is pure and fullbodied, with beautiful balance and nascent complexity, fine mid-palate depth, ripe, moderate tannins and lovely focus and grip on the long, bright and youthful finish. This harkens back stylistically to the wines I fell in love with from Ribera del Duero in the vintages of the early 1980s and is a superb value. While the wine is quite tasty in its youth, I would let this evolve with at least a couple of years in the cellar, as there are more layers of complexity to unfold! Great juice. 2020-2050.
89 The Wine Advocate The 2014 Passión is produced with grapes from the Barrancones vineyard, mostly Tempranillo with 5% Cabernet Sauvignon fermented in stainless steel and matured in a mixture of newer and older French and American oak barrels for one year. The nose combines dark fruit with some spicy aromas from the barrels. The palate is medium-bodied, with fine tannins and good balance. Quite approachable. There were 10,000 bottles produced.
February 2017
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Arrocal Passion 2015
92 (VfC) 89 (RP)
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92 View from the Cellar As readers may recall the Passión Arrocal cuvée also sees no new wood, with its elevage done in a fifty-fifty mix of two and three year-old French barrels. The wine hails from the Los Corrales Vineyard, which is planted with forty year-old tempranillo vines at an elevation of eight hundred meters above sea level. The 2015 Passión Arrocal tips the scales at fourteen percentalcohol and is a fine follow-up to the excellent 2014 bottling reviewed last year. The wine offers up a bouquet of black cherries, black plums, a touch of cigar smoke, dark chocolate, a fine signature of soil and a discreet touch of smoky oak. On the palate the wine is ripe, full-bodied and very nicely balanced, with a rock solid core, firm, well-integrated tannins and excellent focus and grip on the still quite youthful finish. This is a touch riper in personality than the lovely 2014, but that is the nature of the 2015 vintage, and with sufficient bottle age, it should approach the fine quality of the previous vintage. I would tuck it away in the cellar for five or six years and then drink it with pleasure over the ensuing two or three decades. Fine juice. 2023- 2050.
Issue #75 – May/June 2018
89 The Wine Advocate The single-vineyard 2015 Passión contains some 5% Cabernet Sauvignon from a warm and dry year. It fermented in stainless steel with indigenous yeasts and matured in oak barrels for 12 months. This is not terribly complex, but it has nice fruit that still shows the vintage differences when tasted next to the 2016s. At the same time, it has less oak than the Selección, but it's still quite generously oaked. There are some dusty tannins and spicy flavors in the finish. 10,000 bottles were filled in December 2017.
August 2018 - Issue 238
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