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
Ribera del Duero D.O.
100% Tinto Fino, from the single, 25-year old Los Corrales vineyard
800 meters / clay soils with pebbles and larger stones
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 12 months in used French oak barrels
Wine Name
Arrocal Passion 2014
92 (VfC) 89 (RP)
Score Publication Review Copy
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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