|90||Vinous Media||(aged for six months in a combination of French and American oak barrels, 20% of them new): Opaque purple. Fragrant scents of candied dark berries, lavender and incense, with a hint of oak spice in the background. Juicy and sweet on the palate, offering pliant, spice-tinged dark berry and vanilla flavors that expand with air. Closes sweet and long, with supple tannins adding focus and gentle grip. 2019 – 2024|
|88+||View from the Cellar||The 2014 Bodegas Arrocal Tinto is comprised entirely of tempranillo, produced from a pair of twenty-five year-old vineyards owned by the estate. The wine is raised in a blend of eighty percent French and twenty percent American oak, with twenty percent of the casks new each year (presumably the French barrels). The 2014 was bottled unfiltered and tips the scales at fourteen percent, offering up a youthful bouquet of red plums, black cherries, chocolate, a nice touch of soil and spicy new oak. On the palate the wine is ripe, full-bodied and nicely light on its feet for its octane, with a good core, sound balance and good length and grip on the moderately tannic and still quite primary finish. This is still a young wine and will improve with bottle age, as today, it is not overly complex, but has a good foundation and could blossom nicely with a bit of time in the cellar. At under twenty dollars a bottle here in the states, it is a good value from the region. 2018-2030+.|
|90||View from the Cellar||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.|
|91||View from the Cellar||There is a slight change in the elevage procedure for the 2016 Bodegas Arrocal Tinto this
year, as the wine saw no new oak in 2016. Previously, twenty percent of the casks were renewed
each vintage, but in 2016 the estate decided to just utilize older oak barrels for the wine. The
wine is very pretty, coming in at fourteen percent octane and offering up a lovely bouquet of
plums, cherries, a touch of mint, cocoa powder, a bit of wild fennel, a very good touch of soil
and still a good foundation of spicy oak from the used casks. On the palate the wine is deep, fullbodied and moderately tannic, with a fine core, very good focus and grip and a long, nascently complex and very well-balanced finish. This could use a few years in the cellar to soften a bit more, but it shows fine potential and will be excellent when it has had a chance to blossom. In a region where prices can be a bit steep for what is in the bottle, this is an outstanding value! 2021-2045+.
Issue #75 – May/June 2018
|88||Wine Spectator||Black cherry and boysenberry flavors mingle with cola and sassafras notes in this expressive red. Features juicy acidity and light tannins, with a sweetly floral, vanilla-accented finish. Drink now through 2024. 7,000 cases made.
September 30, 2018
|88||The Wine Advocate||The larger volume corresponds to the 2016 Arrocal, produced with fruit from younger vines, including some 5% Merlot. It fermented in stainless steel with indigenous yeasts and aged in French, American and Hungarian oak barrels for eight months. It's fruit-driven and quite straightforward, juicy and pleasant, with some dusty tannins. 45,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in February 2018.
August 2018 - Issue 238