Angel de Arrocal

"Clings with impressive fruit-driven tenacity on the strikingly long finish" —
Josh Raynolds, Vinous Media
Ribera del Duero D.O.
100% Tinto Fino, from the single, 70-year-old El Portillo vineyard
825 meters / alluvial sand, clay and pebbles
Farming Methods
Practicing Organic
Hand harvested at very low yields of less than 1 ton/acre
Fermented with native microbes for 20 days in small stainless tanks, malolactic conversion in barrel
Aged 20 months in 100% new, French oak barrels
Wine Name
Angel de Arrocal 2011
94 (WE) 93 (VM)
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94 The Wine Enthusiast Cool, earthy blackberry, cassis and boot-leather aromas are strapping and integrated. This feels layered and structured, with chewy depth, firm tannins and power. Baked, toasty, chocolaty flavors bring ripe-fruit notes of fig, prune and blackberry, while the finish is long and savory, with a strong accent of wood spice. Drink through 2025.
93 Vinous Media (made from 70-year-old vines, with malo and 20 months of aging in new French oak barriques): Opaque ruby. Powerful, oak-spiced aromas of ripe cherry and red berries, cola and vanilla bean, with a sexy floral nuance building in the glass. Round and appealingly sweet, offering raspberry liqueur and floral pastille flavors, with intense Asian spice and mocha qualities coming up with aeration. Clings with impressive fruit-driven tenacity on the strikingly long finish, which features velvety tannins and lingering red fruit and allspice flourishes. I'd give this sexy wine at least another five years of cellaring but wouldn't fault anyone for getting into it now, for its exuberant fruit and spiciness. 2020 – 2026
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Angel de Arrocal 2012
92 (VM) 90 (WS)
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92 Vinous Media Inky ruby. An expansive, highly perfumed bouquet evokes ripe red fruits, incense and oak spice, with a sexy floral overtone. Silky and focused on the palate, offering concentrated, energetic raspberry and cherry-vanilla flavors that become livelier with aeration. In an emphatically fruity, vibrant style, boasting excellent closing focus and persistence and gentle gripping tannins. This wine went through malo and was aged in 100% new French oak barriques. 2020 – 2026
90 Wine Spectator This savory red shows focus and balance, with woodsy, smoky and mineral notes framing a core of berry and graphite, supported by balsamic acidity and firm tannins.Reserved but deep.
September 30, 2016
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