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Bodegas Arrocal Arrocal 2009

Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
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14% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

An opaque ruby color. Powerful, plentiful, seductive blackberry and blackcurrant aromas including baking spices and floral qualities. Soft, silky and impressively pure, with vibrant dark berry flavours and fine-grained tannins. Surprisingly juicy and persistent with excellent saturation and clarity on the palate.

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RP 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2009 Arrocal was produced from estate-grown fruit and aged for 8 months in French and American oak. A glass-coating purple/black color, typical of the 2009 vintage, is accompanied by an inviting nose of cedar, cinnamon, espresso, licorice, and blackberry. Ripe, forward, and round on the palate, it conceals enough fine-grained tannin to evolve for 1-2 years but this outstanding value can be approached now.

Bodegas Arrocal’s three offerings are made from 100% Tinto Fino, the local clone of Tempranillo, and were bottled without filtration.

WE 90
Wine Enthusiast
Tight, focused and crisp on the nose, with clean berry and spice aromas. About as good and healthy on the palate as Ribera gets, with wild berry and correct tannic-acid balance. Toasty and peppery on the finish. A well-made, stylish wine done right.
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Bodegas Arrocal

Bodegas Arrocal

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Bodegas Arrocal, Ribera del Duero, Spain
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Welcome. We are Rosa and Moises, we wanted to build our winery in the place we were born: Gumiel de Mercado, a small village in a priveleged location of the Ribera del Duero.

All of our ancestors have cultivated grapes. We received the land from our parents and planted our wines with the same care. In order to obtain the perfect fruit for our wines, we use natural efforts and implemented new technologies.

In 2004 we finished constructing our estate in Gumiel. Every step of the wine-making process is done through gravity, softly picking up our grapes. During fermentation, temperature was controlled through water showers. We look for maximum fruit expressions through middle macerations and gentle crushing. Our wines sleep the time necessary for giving structure without losing identity.

We have 27 hectares of land that grow Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

Ribera del Duero

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Ribera del Duero is located in northen Spain’s Castilla y León region, just a 2-hour drive from Madrid. While winemaking in this area goes back more than 2000 years, it was in the 1980s that 9 wineries applied for and were granted Denominación de Origen (D.O.) status. Today, more than 300 wineries call Ribera del Duero home, including some of Spain’s most iconic names.

Notable Facts Ribera’s main grape variety, Tempranillo, locally know as Tinto Fino, is perfectly suited to the extreme climate of the region, where it must survive scorching summers and frigid winters. Low yields resulting from conscientious tending to old vines planted in Ribera’s diverse soils types, give Ribera wines a distinctive depth and complexity not found in other Tempranillos. Rich and full-bodied, the spice, dark fruit and smoky flavors in a bold Ribera del Duero will pair well with roasted and grilled meats, Mexican food and tomato-based sauces.

Tempranillo

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Notoriously food-friendly with soft tannins, modest alcohol, and bright acidity, Tempranillo is the star of Spain’s Rioja and Ribera del Duero regions. It is important throughout Spain as well as in Portugal, where it is known as Tinta Roriz and is an important component of Port wines and the table wines of the Douro region that Port calls home. California, Washington, and Oregon have all had moderate success with Tempranillo, producing a riper, more fruit-forward style of wine.

In the Glass

Tempranillo is often aged in new oak for the integration of spicy, woodsy, and herbal flavors, often with hints of vanilla, coconut, and dill. The grape itself produces medium-weight reds with bright red and black fruit aromas and hints of spice, leather, and tobacco, with no shortage of flavor.

Perfect Pairings

Tempranillo’s modest, fine-grained tannins and bright acidity make it extremely food friendly, pairing with a wide variety of Spanish-inspired dishes—especially grilled lamb chops, a rich chorizo and bean stew, or paella.

Sommelier Secret

The Spanish take their oak aging requirements very seriously, especially in Rioja. There, a system is in place to indicate on the label how much time the wine has spent in both barrel and bottle before release, which is helpful to the consumer trying to determine the style of an unfamiliar wine. Rioja can range from Joven (fresh, fruity, and unoaked) to Gran Reserva (complex and oxidized from extended barrel aging), with Crianza and Reserva in between.

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