Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon
75cl * 14.5% ABV * Ribera del Duero, Spain
The Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot varieties with which this wine is made belong to the oldest part of the estate, La Planta. The Tempranillo variety, specifically, belongs 80% to the La Maquinilla vineyard, the oldest in the entire estate, located at 911 meters above sea level. The remaining 20% comes from centennial vineyards of boulders and sandy soils, in the area of the province of Burgos. Grapes are hand-harvesting and table sorted in the winery before a slow, temperature-controlled fermentation. Arzuaga Crianza is then aged for 16 months in French and American oak barrels.
The flagship of Bodegas Arzuaga Navarro, this is powerful on the nose with diverse aromas of coconut, raisins, caramel, cinnamon and vanilla. There is a dominance of ripe red and black fruits with spicy touches and balsamic notes with a roasted finish. Full-bodied, aromatic but elegant and complex too - it'll sing on the table next to a leg of lamb or shanks cooked in a rich sauce.
Drink 2023 - 2027
"Alluring herbal, oaky and spicy aromas. Very fresh on the palate with well-integrated alcohol and tannins and a long, herbal finish. A delightful wine!" 90/100 points (Silver), Decanter World Wine Awards (January 2023)
"Inky dark purple core and hue. Pure and fragrant nose offering blackberry, plum, ginger and clove with mild oak notes. Good density of fruit in a medium body with ripe tannin, savoury dark fruit with a wild herbal spiciness, fresh acidity and long pure finish." 91/100 points, Andreas Larsson (December 2022)