2015 Arzuaga Crianza Ribera del Duero

SKU #1361924 90 points James Suckling

 This shows aromas of dark plums, bitter chocolate and vanilla. Full and round body with velvety tannins and good balance, but only a medium finish. Drink now or hold.  (8/2018)

K&L Notes

Located in "the golden mile" portion of Ribera del Duero, adjacent to Vega Sicilia, in the commune of Valladolid, Arzuaga is committed to the production of traditional, barrel-aged, Tempranillo-based wines from this classic D.O. region of Spain. The 2015 is in incredibly solid form, with rich dark fruits, vanilla and dried coconut notes from the oak, and a very typical Ribera feel and sense of balance. Delicious now, thought it will certainly age for at least a decade more.

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- A very important red grape varietal that's native to Northern Spain, grown across the north and central regions of the country. Low in acid and alcohol, with subtle strawberry, leather and tobacco notes, the grape responds well to oak aging and plays particularly well with others. Tempranillo is an important component, when combined with Garnacha, Mazuelo, Viura and Graciano, of Rioja, with the best examples coming for the cooler, higher-elevation regions like Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa. It is also grown in significant quantities in the Ribera del Duero where it is called Tinto Fino and Penèdes where it is called Ull de Llebre o Ojo de Llebre. Tempranillo hasn't gained a particularly strong foothold outside of Spain, achieving some success under the name Tinto Roriz in Portugal. There it is used as a component of Port and in the table wines of the Ribera del Duero and the Dão.


- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.

Ribera del Duero

Alcohol Content (%): 14.5