Arrocal’s serious Ribera del Duero red from the great 2015 vintage as low as $13.99
The 2015 Arrocal Ribera del Duero is a full, deep, dark, complex red wine from two estate-owned vineyards in the heart of Spain’s prestigious Ribera del Duero region. This region is home to many of Spain’s best and most expensive wines like Vega Sicilia, Pingus and many others. The 2015 vintage was great in Ribera del Duero.
Arrocal harvests their vineyards by hand. Isaac Fernandez, one of Spain’s most accomplished winemakers, makes the wine. He works in a gravity-fed, first-class winery and he ages this wine in 80% French and 20% American oak barrels. The wine has elegance and power by the truckload. Famed critic John Gilman of the View from the Cellar wrote that this will last through 2045! I’d be more cautious and would drink it far sooner. But the point is clear. Arrocal makes prime-quality, serious red wine.
So here’s the amazing thing… The regular price for this great red wine from Arrocal is just $18.99 per bottle. And our E-mail Sale price is an almost unbelievable $13.99 per bottle on case orders. You are so going to want a case of this! Don’t wait. Supplies are limited.
2015 Arrocal Ribera Del Duero (D.O. Ribera del Duero, Spain)
Reg. $18.99 per bottle
6-11 bottles: $15.99 per bottle
Case (12+ bottles): $13.99 per bottle
- To order please call Arrowine. We’re at 703-525-0990 (Arlington, VA) or 202-785-0785 (Washington, DC).
- Please call the location where you would like to pick your order.
- This top red from Ribera del Duero arrives tomorrow, Wednesday, April 4th.
- Supplies are strictly limited and a sell out is likely.
- Sale prices are good for one week or until supplies are sold out.
I can’t recommend the 2015 Arrocal Ribera del Duero strongly enough. Ribera del Duero is the fabulous wine growing area in northern Spain that is home to many of Spain’s best, most famous, and most expensive wines. And the Arrocal estate makes this wine from two great estate-owned vineyards (both well over 20 years of age). Our friend Aurelio Cabestrero, a star importer and local legend, selected this wine.
About Bodegas Arrocal:
Moises Calvo and Rosa Arroyo are third generation wine growers. They started Arrocal in 2002. The Arrocal winery and vineyards are located near the tiny village of Gumiel de Mercado. This is a premium part of Ribera del Duero, in the north central part of the region. These vineyard locations are north and west of the town of Aranda de Duero and just east of the village of La Horra. This is a premium location, and the source of some of the region’s best wines.
Arrocal’s ideally situated vineyards grow extremely concentrated fruit with complex and deep flavor. The two Arrocal Estate vineyard sites grow 100% tinto del pais (the famous tempranillo clone of the Ribera del Duero region). The vineyards are named Morenillos and Barrancones. Both are well over 20 years of age. Morenillos has sand, clay and stone soils with north/south orientation. Barrancones is a tiny (1 hectare) vineyard with sand and clay soil and east/west orientation.
Arrocal farms both of these high elevation (2,700 feet) vineyards with utmost care. They hand-prune, green-harvest, pull leaves, and do every other labor-intensive, quality-focused vineyard practice. They are obsessed with growing concentrated, intensely flavored, complex, fresh, clean grapes.
The wines for this small estate are made by superstar winemaker Isaac Fernandez. Isaac has been the winemaker for the estate from the very first vintage (in 2002).
About the 2015 Arrocal Ribera del Duero:
The grapes were harvested selectively and entirely by hand in early October, 2015. Ripeness, freshness, complexity and quality were all excellent in the terrific 2015 vintage.
Pickers placed harvested bunches into small boxes (to avoid prematurely crushing the grapes). They stacked the individual boxes in racks. They took the racks of freshly picked grapes directly to the winery. This system means the grapes reached the winery within one hour of picking. It means that Fernandez made this wine entirely from top quality grapes that were in the very best, freshest condition.
At the state-of-the-art all-gravity winery, workers sorted the just-picked grapes on selection tables. They accepted only perfect fruit in ideal condition. Following a gentle destemming, the grapes flowed (by gravity) into temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Fernandez gave the fruit a long (20 days) cool maceration to enhance fruit expression and aromatic complexity. Next, he gently pressed it in a small-capacity press. The wine flowed by gravity into barrels (80% French oak, 20% American oak) where it aged for six to eight months. The barrel aging gave the wine harmony and added complexity. Arrocal’s barrels are about 20% new, so the barrel notes are subtle. The wine still has excellent freshness and vineyard identity.
After maturation, the pure, high-quality wine was bottled without filtration (a decision that keeps the maximum flavor possible and is only possible with wines that are carefully grown, selectively harvested, and exactingly vinified).
Here’s how it tastes:
The wine is delicious, deep, complex and structured. It continued to improve after it was open for 24 hours, a great indication of quality and likely longevity. I’d recommend drinking this beauty any time over the next five to seven years.
The winemaker wrote:
“An opaque ruby colour. 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.”
And John Gilman of The View from the Cellar wrote:
“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. 90 points.” –John Gilman, View from the Cellar
Again, to order just call Arrowine & Cheese (Arlington) at 703-525-0990 or Arrowine & Spirits (DC) at 202-785-0785. Please call the location where you would like to pick up your order. This wine arrives tomorrow, Wednesday, April 4th. Prices are good for one week, or until wine sells out.
Thank you for taking the time to read about this exceptional and highly recommended red wine value from the heart of Spain’s renowned Ribera del Duero region.