Arrocal’s first vintage was 2002. Isaac Fernandez has been the consulting wine maker for the winery from the beginning of production. This wine is produced from grapes grown in the Morenillos, 20 years old on sand, clay and stones, and the Barrancones, 22 year old vines on sand and clay, vineyards.
Grapes were harvested by hand during the first week of October with excellent maturity. Once grapes arrived at the winery all movements of must/wine were by gravity. Grapes were de-stemmed but not crushed prior to fermentation in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. The skins were macerated for 20 days prior to pressing. The wine was racked to 80% French and 20% American oak barrels for 6 months aging. Bottled without filtration after a gentle egg-white fining.
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. Jan/Feb 2017