Arrocal

"an excellent wine for its price point...and should age very nicely indeed." —
John Gilman, View from the Cellar
Appellation
Ribera del Duero D.O.
Grape(s)
97% Tinto Fino (Tempranillo), 2% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Merlot, from 30 years old vines, Finca Los Morenillos
Altitude/Soil
850 meters / alluvial sand, clay and pebbles
Farming Methods
Practicing Organic
Harvest
Hand harvested fruit
Production
Destemmed grapes were fermented with native microbes in stainless steel tanks for 10 days with skins
Aging
Aged for 8 months in 100% used French oak barrels
Suggested Retail Price
$19
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Arrocal 2017
90 (W&S) *** (WP)
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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.
August 2019
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Arrocal 2018
91 (VM) 90 (VfC) 88 BB (W&S)
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91 Vinous Media Saturated ruby. Expressive, mineral-accented aromas of ripe dark berries, candied rose and vanilla are sharpened by a peppery flourish. Gently sweet and focused in the mouth, offering juicy blueberry and cherry flavors that show an appealingly light touch. Finishes brisk and long, with lingering sweetness and supple tannins that build slowly. 80% French and 20% American oak. 2022 – 2028
Josh Raynolds - February 2021
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
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Arrocal 2019
91 (WRO) 90+ (VfC)
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91 Wine Review Online This is undoubtedly one of the strongest values I’ve tasted this year, and is quite possibly the single best red wine during 2021 I’ve tasted for fewer than $20. I base that not only on its sheer deliciousness for current enjoyment but also its capacity for further development, and above all on its combination of those two virtues — a combination of virtues usually found only in notably more expensive wines. This is meaty, muscular Tempranillo (with little dashes of 2 percent Cabernet Sauvignon and 1 percent Merlot), and though you will agree immediately with my descriptors when you taste the wine, it really isn’t heavy despite its muscularity and intensity of flavor. Dark cherry and blackberry fruit is in the driver’s seat, with spicy backnotes and some savory accents and plenty of fine-grained tannin that is outrun by the fruit in the wine’s finish. There’s almost no sensory sign of oak, except for the softening effect of oxygen exchange from used barrels — and skillful racking between them during the wine’s élevage to soften it and render it so expressive for current enjoyment only 19 months or so after the fruit was picked.
Michael Franz – May 18, 2021
90+ View from the Cellar There is a very slight change in the cépages of the Arrocal Tinto in 2019, as for the first time in my knowledge, this bottling includes two percent cabernet sauvignon and one percent merlot to go along with its tempranillo. These are thirty year-old, organically-farmed vines and the wine is fermented with indigenous yeasts. Since the 2016 vintage, this wine has been raised entirely in used barrels, of which eighty percent are French and twenty percent American oak. The 2019 Arrocal comes in listed at 14.5 percent octane and offers up lovely precision in its bouquet of plums, black cherries, cigar wrapper, a good base of soil, a hint of violet and a nice framing of smoky oak scents. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and nicely transparent for a 2019, with a fine core of fruit, ripe, buried tannins and fine length and grip on the balanced and nascently complex finish. This is a lovely wine in the making and quite light on its feet for the vintage. It is an outstanding value! 2025-2055.
John Gilman - Issue #91 / February 2021
Vinous Media Deep violet. Spice-accented cherry and blackberry aromas, along with hints of licorice and vanilla. Pliant and lively on the palate, offering juicy dark fruit and mocha flavors that spread out slowly with air. Closes smooth and long, with a touch of smokiness and discreet tannins. 2023-2028.
Josh Raynolds – July 6, 2021 Central Spain Additions
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