Bodegas Arzuaga Crianza 2019
|Spain, Ribera del Duero
The Arzuaga Winery has 210 hectares (520 acres) of vineyards distributed between the immediate surroundings of the winery and the natural area of La Planta estate. The Arzuaga vineyards enjoy a unique climate: sunshine and clear skies in the daytime and cool, damp nights. This climatic combination means the grapes ripen slowly but perfectly, producing healthy fruit with plenty of colour, full of sugar and aromatic acidity. In this region of Castile, where low fertility is a feature of the soils, the Tinto Fino or Tempranillo variety is grown, together with the French grapes Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. 80% of the vineyards are more than 20 years old, with a production of more or less 4,000 kg/ha. Bodegas Arzuaga also has vineyards outside the province of Valladolid, in Malagón, in Ciudad Real, where its Pago Florentino wine is made..
The bouquet is full of fragrant black fruits, cinnamon, cumin and Frankincense, the palate beautifully fleshy and textured, carrying cigar box, vanilla, blueberry and silky tannins through to a lingering, richly-fruited, finish. Such refined elegance! Outstanding.
Dark violet. Smoke- and spice-accented cherry, blackberry, vanilla and mocha aromas show fine definition and pick up a hint of pipe tobacco as the wine stretches out. Sweet and expansive on the palate, offering intense dark berry, cherry-vanilla and licorice flavors that are sharpened by a peppery nuance. Shows strong energy and spicy thrust on the persistent finish, which is given shape by smooth, harmonious tannins.
Oaky plum and cassis aromas are lightly baked and plenty oaky. This crianza is densely saturated, with a stewed character and dry tannins. Spicy oak, licorice and baked berry flavors finish with mild heat and wood-spice notes. Drink through 2024.